Stephen Masih

Gender Identity: male

Current Location: Sialkot District Jail

Perpetrator: Pakistan

Faith: Christian – Unspecified/Other

Health Concerns: Mental Disability

Sentence Extended: No

Awaiting Sentence: Yes

Reports of Torture: No

Pre Trial Detention: Yes

Date of Detainment: March//2019

Current Status: Not Released

Religious Leader: no

Most Recent Type of Abuse: Detainment

Stephen Masih

Extra Bio Info:

Stephen Masih is imprisoned for blasphemy-related offenses.

In March 2019, Masih was arrested after being accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad.  According to reports, the accusation stemmed from a dispute Masih had with a neighbor.  Following the accusation, a mob gathered outside of his home, attacked him, and set the home on fire. 

In June 2019, Masih was formally charged with "insulting the Prophet Muhammad" (Sec. 295-C)  three months after his arrest. 

According to the Jubilee Campaign, there have been 42 court hearings regarding Masih's case, with zero evidence being made public of Masih's wrongdoing. 

On August 5, 2021, the Session Court in Sialkot denied Masih's request for bail. His next request for bail will be held with the Lahore High Court.

There are concerns Masih faces threats of violence in prison.  Likewise, prison authorities have reportedly not provided him with adequate medical care. He suffers from a mental disability.