November 11th, 2010
10:58 AM ET

Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan

CNN's Reza Sayah and journalist Nasir Habib filed this report:

A Christian woman has been sentenced to  death for blasphemy in Pakistan, two police officials told CNN Thursday.

Asia Bibi was convicted of insulting Islam's prophet, Mohammed, while  working in a field with several Muslim women in a village southwest of Lahore.

She told them the Quran was "fake" and made comments about one of  Mohammed's wives and about his health in his final days, the police complaint  against her said.

She said that "the Quran is fake and your prophet remained in bed for one  month before his death because he had worms in his ears and mouth. He married  Khadija just for money and after looting her kicked her out of the house," local police official Muhammad Ilyas told CNN.

The initial complaint against Bibi was filed on June 14, 2009, by a  Muslim cleric, Ilyas said.

Police say the Muslim women reported the incident to Qari Muhammad Salim,  who later filed the police report. The cleric claims Bibi confessed to him and  apologized.

Muhammad Iqbal, a senior police official in the district of Nankana  Sahib, said she also was fined the equivalent of $1,100.

Police say Bibi was charged with breaking section 295-C of Pakistan's  penal code, which says: "Whoever ... defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine."

Former Pakistani Supreme Court Justice Nasir Aslam Zahid told CNN he  doesn't recall a death sentence ever being carried against someone convicted of  breaking Pakistan's anti-blasphemy laws.

Death sentences in these cases are almost always overturned by higher  courts on appeal, he said.

Death sentences are carried out by hanging in Pakistan.

CNN has not yet been able to contact Bibi or her family directly. It is not clear when the sentence was handed down.


Pakistan is more than 96 percent Muslim, according to the Pew Forum on  Religion & Public Life.

- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Christianity • Islam • Pakistan • Persecution

soundoff (702 Responses)
  1. sck

    At least the fundamental Muslims have the guts to follow the instructions of their holy book, unlike American Christians.

    November 11, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  2. Seeing the Truth

    The MUSLIMS show their true face once again. What a wonderful religion they have. Full of barbarians, killers all left over from the stone age. Hey we don't like your hair, stone them. Hey we don't like your smile, hang them, and so it goes on and on. Hopefully they kill themselves into extinction.

    November 11, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
    • Muneef

      You see nothing you will live blind and after life would come out blind,blinded by hatred and the only way to pure your self is to eat your heart out Islam would shine against you will and you will have nothing but regrets..

      November 11, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  3. RNGR

    The original intent of religion was to teach man how to act with his fellow man. It has had the opposite effect. Too bad most are ruled by fairy tales. I mean seriously !

    November 11, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  4. Assim

    "Worms in his mouth"? I heard he had a dude in his mouth.

    November 11, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  5. Sane Mind

    Why cant someone nuke pakistan & afghanistan and get it over with once for all!

    November 11, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  6. TryReadingOnceInAWhile

    @EWGuy: You better do a little more reading before you claim all those butchers of history are athiests. None of them actually are if you read enough about their lives. Try a few Google searches if you like.

    @Unbeliever: For murderous Buddhist sects, try the Khmer Rouge. They were Buddhists.

    November 11, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  7. Sane Mind

    I refuse to believe this news! The CIA, Mossad or RAW is behind this to defame Islam, the religion of piece piece.

    November 11, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  8. BECKS


    November 11, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  9. Bill

    They're ignorant and their souls are filled with doo doo

    November 11, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  10. Trey

    That's what she gets for bashing another person's God/prophet in their country, even if she is or is not a native of their country.

    November 11, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  11. Shaun

    "section 295-C of Pakistan's penal code, which says: "Whoever ... defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine."

    Nice, I like how they have the "peace be upon him" followed by "shall be punished with death". I don't think I've heard anything more hypocritical in my life!

    November 11, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  12. Jack

    All you have to do is look at the calendar. For Christians the year is 2010. In the Hijri calendar it is 1431. Christians were putting people to death in 1431 AD as well.
    The only problem is there were no atomic weapons in 1431 AD.

    November 11, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  13. Unbeliever

    Average American said:

    Islam, oBAMA's great religion of peace and love..... Islam & mohammed suk!


    If President Obama is Muslim, as you assert, prove it with incontrovertible facts and evidence, not hearsay and muckraking, inflammatory, nonsensical rhetoric. If you cannot do so, then please keep your libelous commentary to yourself.

    November 11, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  14. Wilbur

    I like turtles!!!

    November 11, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  15. Mike

    Clearly some mistake has been made, this is the religion of peace.

    November 11, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
    • RNGR

      Please 🙂 You killing me here 🙂

      November 11, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  16. Blah

    How about one big deathmatch featuring all the world's religions, where the winner becomes the official religion of Earth. Only problem, the Muslims already have all that machete experience... 2 prophets enter, 1 prophet leaves.

    November 11, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
    • WDinDallas

      Yes, but the Christians control 99.99% of the nukes.

      November 11, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  17. Commenter

    Waste majority of theists believe in god only because someone kept telling them that when they were very small children and later. Simply stated, waste majority of christians would be muslims if they were born in a muslim country and brainwashed from early age into islam, and vice versa. If there is no such brainwash from generation to generation, religion would vanish. Looks like existence of god depends on perpetual brainwash.
    For this issue it is not relevant whether there would be Physics if there is no education of it and of Mathematics from generation to generation, or that someone can learn in practice what the same was not taught, etc., or that someone is eventually brainwashed into atheism, or that it is eventually more reasonable to believe in god than not to believe, etc., since existence of god should not depend on perpetual brainwash due to the very nature of such belief. Like it or not, if there is no such brainwash from generation to generation, religion would vanish, but the Laws of Physics will never vanish, no matter what, because they are perpetual.

    November 11, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  18. JonathanL

    They were warned by their prophet Jesus that all subsequent prophets to him were to be considered false prophets. They insist on believing in this false prophet who obviously was just a tribal warrior, far more political than spiritual. All kinds of pervs have tried to convince the women that God is in them, the women get bedazzled by that phoney talk, like I am spiritual so it is OK to ... um .... you know..like the Waco kid, the Manson guy, the Mormon pervs, lots of pseudo spiritual leaders pull that. .. I bet even Moses. ... you what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Too bad someone in this day and age has to die because she has an opinion about a false prophet.

    November 11, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
    • Muneef

      Do not now where you got your informations from but all prophets were warning from the corrupter which you call anti Christ but for prophet muhammed the holy books were waiting for him calling him the comforter and the Quran spoke well of your beloved prophet Jesus so do not see where this hatred come from against a prophet and a Holy Book that spoke well of Jesus..we were told in the Quran that Christians are the kindest but I do not see that and it is a shame for a Christian country to adopt sick mentalities that has even no respect to Jesus their own prophet. No with Muslims there is a line and a limit to that we worship God we pray for our prophet and honor our holy book and freedom of speech does not mean you can reach to the level of cursing the Creator and all things that related to him? Shame really as can not imagine how Angels live with Swines in the same barn?

      November 11, 2010 at 7:40 pm |
  19. rusty

    why in gods name was this christian woman plowing a field in pakistan in the first place. she is right and what she said was true. but that's pretty dumb to say in a country with such rascist views. if she is hung we should nuke them. god bless america

    November 11, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
    • Faisal

      could just be that she's a martyr for Christ and death means nothing to her, so she did not care.. unlike you faithless wimps. Praise God

      November 11, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  20. Unbeliever

    pacco said:

    insanity in its extreme form. Guess this has more got to do with intellectual development of a nation , its aspirations for education, science and technology than religion. The only places in the world where religion dominates more than rational thinking are places where education is poor, democracy is weak or non existent , progress in science is bleak and overall mental growth is retarded.


    sounds very like America as it exists today, doesn't it?

    November 11, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
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