Section 298 - Pakistan
Illegal by birth and persecuted to death, a minority community in Pakistan fights for survival and justice within a system that denies and threatens their existence.
Commissioned by Minority Rights Group and made by New Take Films. Distributed by Journeyman Pictures.
Told through the eyes of three persecuted female Ahmadiyya, Section 298 unveils the realities of life under Pakistan's deadliest law.
Section 298 of the Pakistan Penal code (also known as the Blasphemy law) openly allows prosecution, imprisonment and death for those who identify as Ahmadi Muslims, a minority Islamic movement in Pakistan. Since 2010 over 200 Ahmadi Muslims have been killed inside their mosques by suicide bombs and vigilante mobs.
Persecuted from birth, Ahmadiyya's are prohibited from working, voting, owning a passport or declaring themselves as Muslim. Section 298 takes us into the heart of the Pakistani Ahmadi community as they fight to keep their families, community and traditions alive.
What is Section 298?
Section 298 of Pakistan’s Penal Code
It is a crime punishable by three years of imprisonment if an Ahmadi, ‘...directly or indirectly, poses himself as a Muslim, calls, or refers to his faith as Islam, preaches or propagates his faith, or invites others to accept his faith, by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representations...’
Pakistan’s Penal Code prescribes the death penalty for blasphemy.