Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy against Islam, will fight for her freedom in court in October.
Bibi was convicted of blasphemy in 2010 after Muslim women told a cleric in a village in the eastern Punjab province that she had made “derogatory remarks” about the prophet.
Since her arrest in 2009, the international community has pressured Pakistan’s strict government, calling for her release and reforms to the blasphemy laws.
Asia’s appeal was scheduled for 26 March of this year. However, rising tensions and protests against her appeal from Pakistan’s Muslim community delayed her appeal until October.
As Bibi has been sitting in prison for over six years, reports have indicated that the health of the 51-year-old mother has been deteriorating.
As the blasphemy law in Pakistan is often abused by Muslims to settle personal scores with Christians and other religious minorities, international religious freedom advocates have asserted that the charge against Bibi is trumped up and have called for the Pakistani government to immediately release her.
Sources: CBN News, The Christian Post