The 9th Anniversary of Asia Bibi’s internment for Blasphemy
Pakistan’s most famous victim of the blasphemy law.
9 Years ago, Asia Bibi was arrested in a village near Lahore for having the temerity to share a drinking well with her Muslim fellow villagers. In Pakistan Christians are often considered unclean and impure, partially because they are the only people who clean and unblock sewage and toilets. Part of the reason is the thrall the uneducated classes are under from the local maulvi (muslim priest), themselves often uneducated.
The villagers claimed she had committed blasphemy and she was subsequently arrested. Since the last nine years she has been locked up.
Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab, Pakistan’s largest province helped her in her appeal for clemency. He was murdered by his fanatic bodyguard, who has since become a hero among other fanatics.