Pakistan Announces Death Sentence for Christian Woman Accused of Blasphemy

November 10, 2010

Pakistan (ChattahBox World News) — A Pakistani court handed down a sentence of death by hanging yesterday for Asia Bibi, a mother of five who practices Christianity and was accused of blasphemy, the UK Telegraph reports. Bibi, who denies the blasphemy charge, has vowed to appeal, insisting that she is innocent.

The 45-year-old, who has been held in prison since June 2009, was working alongside Muslims in a field as a farmhand when her co-workers refused to drink the water that she had brought for the group, saying that it was “unclean” due to Bibi’s belief in Christianity. A fight ensued, during which a mob attacked Bibi and the police escorted her to a station to protect her.

Police subsequently filed a blasphemy case against her, the Telegraph reports. Human rights groups have noted that the information put forth during the trial indicates that Bibi did not speak ill of the Prophet Mohammed, but the court still found her guilty, sparking accusations of Pakistani discrimination due to Bibi’s status as a religious minority.


One Response to “Pakistan Announces Death Sentence for Christian Woman Accused of Blasphemy”

  1. Junaid Qaiser on November 16th, 2010 8:37 am

    Now the whole world demands: repeal Pakistan’s blasphemy law
    The whole world is deeply shocked and concerned over Asia Bibi’s death sentence for blasphemy, issued by a local court in Pakistan. Concerned citizens and human rights activists say the case of Asia Bibi – the first woman to be sentenced to death for blasphemy – highlights the need for urgent repeal of laws that are routinely used to persecute minorities and settle grudges. Michael Nazir-Ali says, if Pakistan is serious about freedom of speech its blasphemy laws must go.

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