Asia Bibi must be set free
- Anna Cz
Asia Noreen (Urdu: آسیہ نو رین, better known as Asia (also spelled Aasiya) Bibi, Urdu: آسیہ بی بی, born c. 1971) is a Pakistani Christian woman who was convicted of blasphemy by a Pakistani court, receiving a sentence of death by hanging. The verdict, which would need to be upheld by a superior court, has received worldwide attention. If executed, Noreen would be the first woman in Pakistan to be lawfully killed for blasphemy.
Christian minister Shahbaz Bhatti and Pakistani government politician Salmaan Taseer were both killed for opposing the blasphemy laws.
Noreen's husband, Aashiq Fauji Masih, 51 years old, plans to appeal the verdict, which has to be upheld by the Lahore High Court.
As of November 2011, Asia Bibi remains in prison, more than two years after the alleged incident and one year after the death sentence.
A radical cleric has promised 500,000 Pakistani rupees (£3,700; $5,800) to anyone prepared to "finish her". He suggested that the Taliban might be happy to do it.
Asia Bibi's troubles began in June 2009 in her village, Ittan Wali, a patchwork of lush fields and dusty streets.
Hers was the only Christian household.
She was picking berries alongside local Muslim women, when a row developed over sharing water.
Days later, the women claimed she had insulted the Prophet Muhammad. Soon, Asia Bibi was being pursued by a mob.
"In the village they tried to put a noose around my neck, so that they could kill me," she said in a brief appearance outside her jail cell.
Source: wiki + http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11930849
Asia Bibi must be set free.
Pakistan's penal code which outlaws "blasphemy" should be reformed. The abusive and discriminatory blasphemy law should be repealed.
The Asia Bibi must be set free petition to Anna Cz was written by Anna and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.