Asia Bibi blasphemy case
|Asia Bibi v. The State|
(rejected 16 October 2014)
Judgement of Courts below reversed.
The Asia Bibi blasphemy case involves
In June 2009, Noreen was accused of blasphemy after an argument with co-workers while harvesting berries. She was subsequently arrested and imprisoned. In November 2010, a
On 31 October 2018, the Supreme Court of Pakistan acquitted Noreen citing "material contradictions and inconsistent statements of the witnesses" which "cast a shadow of doubt on the prosecution's version of facts." The decision sparked protests headed by
On 2 November 2018 however, the
Aasiya Noreen was born and raised in Ittan Wali, a small, rural village in the
In June 2009, Noreen was harvesting
A mob came to her house, beating her and members of her family before she was taken away by the police. The police initiated an investigation about her remarks, resulting in her arrest under
In an interview with
Five days after the incident, a local Muslim leader, Qari Salem, jumped into the matter and pressured some people in the area to claim that she committed blasphemy. When finding no way to get Ms. Bibi to confess, Salem used the loudspeakers of the mosque, as other Muslim leaders usually do in the cases of alleged blasphemy acts, to spread the news of blasphemy and instigate the people of the locality to punish the alleged blasphemer. The people of the locality beat her severely in the presence of her children.
She was subsequently imprisoned for over a year before being formally charged.