Pak Supreme Court to hear Asia Bibi’s appeal today

asiabibi21The Supreme Court of Pakistan will hear today, 22th July, the appeal of Asia Bibi, a Christian native of Pakistan facing death sentence for blasphemy. Bibi was sentenced to death in 2010.

Reports say that the incident occurred in June 2009, while Asia Bibi was working as a farmhand. Some co-workers asked her to fetch some water. But when she brought water, some of their Muslim colleagues refused to drink the water saying it was ‘unclean’ to drink water given by Christians. The allegations says that a verbal conflict followed between Asia Bibi and two women, during which Bibi verbally abused Islam and Prophet Muhammad. A few days later, an angry mob rushed to her house, and brutally attacked her and her family. Though Bibi was rescued by the police, she was soon charged the country’s notorious anti-law blasphemy under Section 295 C of Pakistan Penal code.

Many international communities came forward demanding the release of Asia Bibi. While the Supreme court of Pakistan has never upheld a death penalty on blasphemy cases, a fear exists on attacks against Bibi. In recent times, many innocent Christians have been persecuted under the pretext of blasphemy law.