Asia Bibi is a Christian woman and mother of five who has been imprisoned in Pakistan for more than five years. Her “crime” was to drink water out of a cup reserved exclusively for the use of Muslims. Now, after five years of unspeakable treatment in confinement, she has finally been sentenced to death.
In the following video, a Pakistani Christian discusses Asia Bibi’s plight with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News:
In a related Fox News story, Ms. Bibi’s husband reports that devout Pakistani clerics have ordered a mob hit on her to make certain that the death sentence is carried out:
Pakistani Christian Facing Execution Now Has Mob Bounty on Head, Husband Claims
The husband of a Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy after drinking from a vessel used by Muslim women claims a lynch mob has been offered a bounty to kill her, reported the MailOnline.
In 2009, a group of Muslim women accused Asia Bibi, 50, of insulting the Prophet Muhammad after she attempted to drink from the same water bowl as them. A court found her guilty of blasphemy and sentenced her to death by hanging. Her husband, Ashiq Masih, 54, has been fighting for her freedom, but now fears that even if she is acquitted at an upcoming hearing in July, she will not be safe because clerics have put a bounty on her head.
“The Maulvis (clerics) want her dead,” he told the MailOnline. “They have announced a prize of (98 to $4,915) for anyone who kills Asia. They have even declared that if the court acquits her they will ensure the death sentence stands.”
Despite the amount of people accused of blasphemy and sentenced to death in Pakistan, the Center for Research and Security Studies reported that between 1990 and July 2012, most executions were carried out by mobs, not the government.
Hat tips: for the video, Vlad Tepes; for the article, Fjordman.