Put simply, Christians live at the whim of their neighbors and local police station chief…
Pakistan’s Christians: Risking the death penalty for blasphemy
LAHORE (VG) Over 1500 people have been charged for blasphemy in Pakistan. While the defendants run the risk of life and death, the relatives must live in hiding.
In October, it sparked a rage when a blasphemous woman was acquitted in Pakistan . The Christian four-year-old mother Asia Bibi (47) was the first woman in Pakistani history to be sentenced to death for violating the prophet Muhammad. For nine years she was imprisoned with the death sentence hanging over her before being acquitted by the country’s supreme court.
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The acquittal was praised internationally as a progressive step, but at home it sparked violent protests in Pakistan . “Hang Asia!” Demanded the people. Today, Bibi lives in a secret, military-guarded address in Islamabad, and is trying to get out of the country .
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