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Blasphemy In Pop Culture, Arts & Entertainment, And Fashion

Anokhi Buzz Anokhi DIY Entertainment & Gossip Jun 21, 2016


A shopkeeper was arrested under blasphemy laws in Pakistan for selling shoes with the Hindu symbol of Om on them.


In the southern town of Tando Adam in Sindh, police confiscated shoes with the Om symbol and arrested shopkeeper Jahanzaib Khaskhili.

Khaskhili’s acts are considered blasphemous under the country's laws. He will be prosecuted under blasphemy laws and, if convicted, face 10 years in jail.

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While Khaskhili's faits awaits judgement, check out this list of six times people questioned the use of religious symbols and figures.

1. Photos of the Prophet Muhammad

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On September 30, 2005, the Muslim world was in an uproar after the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad as a terrorist with a bomb.


2. Swastika/Nazi Symbol

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The swastika symbol means “well-being” in Sanskrit. For millennia, Hindus, Buddhists and Jains have used the symbol. In the west, the symbol took on a negative image after Hitler appropriated it to represent one the most hated regimes in recent history.

3. Miranda Kerr Making Out with a Nun

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The fashion magazine Numero's June 2010 edition featured Miranda Kerr posing as if she were making out with a nun, with both women wearing racy outfits. 

4. The Virgin Mary in Jean Paul Gaultier’s Spring 2007 Collection

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Jean Paul Gaultier used Virgin Mary iconography in his Spring 2007 collection. He dressed models in imitation of the "Most Holy" Virgin Mary.


5. Aamir Khan Running after Shiva in PK

Rajkumar Hirani and Aamir Khan’s film PK angered many Hindus. The movie includes a scene where Khan’s character runs after an actor dressed as the Hindu God Shiva.

6. Kayne West as Jesus

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Kayne West's 2013 album, Yeezus, didn't go down well with many people. The album's name — a play on his nickname Yeezy and Jesus Christ — was enough to create an uproar. 

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Farah Quraishi

Farah Quraishi


Farah Quraishi is a Journalism graduate from Sheridan College, she teaches story writing to young adults, has won a best documentary award at BEAC Awards, and enjoys fashion, nature, and Bollywood. She always had a passion for writing and decided to pursue that path.


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