Friday 19 June marked the tragic six-year anniversary of the arrest of Asia Bibi (also known as Asia Noreen), a Christian mother and the only woman on death row for blasphemy. It started when Asia was working alongside a Muslim woman who refused to touch the ‘unclean’ water cup she drank from. This led to a verbal quarrel and accusations of blasphemous remarks against the Muslim prophet. Though the international community is highly sympathetic to her plight, the Pakistani government is not.
Asia is reportedly suffering from severe health problems including intestinal bleeding and, according to family members after a recent visit, she was “so weak she can hardly walk”.
Bibi’s lawyers are said to be working to get her the treatment she needs.
Sources: International Christian Concern, Christian Today, Al Jazeera
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