Asia Bibi Sentenced
- Date: November 17, 2010
- Country: Pakistan
Asia Bibi, the wife and mother who was imprisoned and charged with blasphemy in June 2009, was sentenced to death on Nov. 7, 2010, according to Asia News.
The trial judge accepted the prosecutor’s contention that Asia insulted Muhammad in a heated discussion with colleagues. In fact, she only objected to her fellow workers’ name-calling (infidel) and attempts to make her renounce Christianity. For this, Asia was beaten and later arrested by Ittanwali (Punjab) police on false blasphemy charges.
Peter Jacob, secretary of the Church’s Justice and Peace Commission, said, "The sentence against Asia Bibi is a veritable incitement to crime. There was never any insult to Islam in the case and the judge did not take into account how the blasphemy law is being abused. So he came down with a harsh sentence." He added, "We absolutely condemn this way of doing things; we call on the government to intervene and stop the law from being abused."
Pray that Asia Bibi and her family will find comfort and peace in the Lord. Pray that her sentence will be overturned, and pray for a repeal of the blasphemy law that has been abused repeatedly to cause undue harm to many Christians. You can write to Pakistani officials on behalf of Asia Bibi here.
"But the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits." Daniel 11:32b
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