INDIA: Bollywood star Veena Malik has been sentenced to 26 years in prison for taking part in a ‘blasphemous’ TV programme.
The 30-year-old actress, along with her husband Asad Bashir Khan Khattak, the owner of the company that aired the programme Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman and TV host Shaista Wahidi have been given 104 years in jail between them by a Pakistani court.
Jail Sentence: Controversial Bollywood star has been sentenced to 26 years in prison for ‘blasphemy’
The offending programme was shown several months ago and involved the couple reenacting their wedding to the tune of a “contemptuous” qawwali, a traditional form of South Asian music. A clip can be seen above.
Judge Shahbaz Khan also imposed a 1.3 million Pakistani rupees (£12,000 approx) fine and ordered that their properties should be sold to pay for it if they failed to do so themselves, the Times of India reports.