The family of a Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy is appealing the verdict with the Lahore High Court. Asia Bibi, a mother of two and field hand, was sentenced to death for allegedly making slanderous remarks about the Prophet Muhammad.
Blasphemy is a capital offense under Pakistani law. Bibi is the first Christian woman in Pakistan to be sentenced to death for blasphemy. Yet her guilt is questionable.
One report claims Bibi’s neighbors objected to an infidel touching the communal water bowl and approached a cleric, claiming she had insulted the Prophet.
Another report claims some of the women workers had reportedly been pressuring Bibi to renounce her Christian faith and accept Islam. During the discussion, Bibi responded by speaking of how Jesus had died on the cross for the sins of mankind and asking the Muslim women what Muhammad had done for them.
The Muslim women took offence and began to beat Bibi and she was locked in a room by some men. A mob reportedly formed and “violently abused” her and her children.