Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Pakistan: Christian woman imprisoned for years for blasphemy's acquitted, Muslims riot and call for her death
Pakistan’s Supreme Court's acquitted a Christian woman who's been on death row for almost 8 years on blasphemy charges.
Asia Bibi, a mom of 5 from Punjab province, was convicted of blasphemy in 2010 and sentenced to hang after she was accused of defiling the name of the Prophet Muhammed during an argument the year before with Muslim colleagues.
The workers had refused to drink from a bucket of water Asia Bibi had touched because she wasn't Muslim. At the time, Asia Bibi said the case was a matter of women who didn’t like her "taking revenge."
She won her appeal against the conviction and subsequent death sentence on Wednesday.
The court quoted Shakespeare’s "King Lear" in its ruling, saying Asia Bibi appeared to have been "more sinned against than sinning."
"Even if there was some grain of truth in the allegations leveled in this case against the appellant still the glaring contradictions in the evidence of the prosecution highlighted above clearly show that the truth in this case had been mixed with a lot which was untrue," the ruling said.
Islamist movement Tehreek-e Labbaik had previously vowed to take to the streets if Bibi was released and protests broke out in Islamabad and Lahore soon after the ruling was announced.
Within hours, the protests were large enough that government officials in the cities were urging people to stay inside and avoid adding to the chaos
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