Bishop of Pune: The Asia Bibi death sentence is an affront to the dignity of us all
Mumbai (AsiaNews) - I was greatly shocked and deeply saddened when the judges decided to uphold the capital punishment to ..hapless Christian woman, Asia Bibi. In my view it is against all norms of both humans and international laws , dignity and all laws. Anycase everybody should be able to follow his/her religion there should be religious freedom and this in my view is a grave violation of the freedom to practice one's own religion but one may not be able to see the connection. I totally condemn this sentence because in my view it is against all human dignity against all laws not only international laws but all laws , human rights. It is a violation of human rights.
It is my deep conviction that these laws are hopelessly against the human spirit and it is betrays a medieval and obsolete mindset it is an abuse of power and authority to award such sentences and any case such laws are always open to misinterpretation and abuse on various grounds.
Pakistan being a Muslim majority nation, where Christians and those of other religions are a tiny miniscule minorities, t is all the more incumbent on them to be vary of such accusations of blasphemy. The Pakistan government there should be very careful in applying such laws and the International community should hold the government of Pakistan accountable. The Pakistan government cannot disown responsibility of this death sentence and should overturn immediately the death sentence of innocent Christian woman Asia Bibi
I would expect international authorities and bodies to make the Pakistan government withdraw this punishment as well as these draconian Blasphemy laws, which betrays a mindset that are against present day affirmation of human rights.
the universal church will observe mission Sunday on 19th which is intended to
promote Jesus and his values . Jesus mission was to impart to fullness of life in
all liberties to all humanity, therefore
such an sentence of capital punishment ,
on the dubious grounds of the
application of blasphemy law is contrary to the vision and mission of Jesus
* Bishop of Pune
(with the collaboration of Nirmala Carvalho)