» 05/07/2007, 00.00
Martha Bibi, Christian baselessly accused of blasphemy, is released
Fazal-e-Miran, judge of the Lahore High Court, ordered that the woman be released on bail. Physically weakened, she has not stopped thanking God for the triumph of justice. Activists have called once again for the abolition of the blasphemy law.
Fear, violence, ostracism face innocent “blasphemers of Islam”
Although they have been released by the court, survivors of the blasphemy law remain subject to social isolation and poverty because they are suspected of having offended Islam. Officials force Christians to convert in prison. Those who remain strong in the faith risk death at the hands of extremists.
Another Christian imprisoned for “blasphemy”
Following an altercation, a man who owed money to a Christian woman accuses her of insulting the prophet Muhammad, an offence that also carries the death penalty. She was taken into custody by the police. Minority rights group blames Islamic extremists for using the law to strike at religious minorities or anyone who dare oppose them.
Christian woman accused of blasphemy without evidence still in prison
Martha Bibi, arrested on January 22, is in Kasur district prison. Police has not yet started their investigations whilst her family is still in hiding for fear of attacks by extremists.
Naseem Bibi, a Christian woman accused of blasphemy, free after nine months
The 30-year-old woman, who is mentally disabled, was arrested after person or persons unknown reported her for allegedly desecrating an Islamic image. She is the second person charged with blasphemy to be released in a month.
Lahore: Christians accused of blasphemy forced to leave their homes
Five boys are accused of "desecrating" a banner that was inscribed with Qur‘anic verses. To avoid trial and prevent confessional tensions, all five leave their homes. On 26 May, Martha Bibi goes on trial. She is 45-year-old mother of six accused of defaming the Prophet Muhammad. She could get the death penalty.
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