November 18th, 2010
02:30 PM ET

Family waits to see if mother, accused of blasphemy, will be hanged

Editor's Note: CNN's Reza Sayah files this report from Itan Wali, Pakistan.

In this village in Pakistan's Punjab province a tearful 12-year-old girl ponders if the Pakistani government will soon hang her mother.

"Whenever I see her picture I cry," Isham Masih told CNN. "I want my mother back. That's what I'm praying for."

This month a Pakistani court sentenced Isham's mother, 45-year-old Asia Bibi, to death, not because she killed, injured or stole, but simply because she said something.

Prosecutors say Bibi, who is a Christian, broke Pakistan's strict blasphemy law by insulting Islam and the prophet Muhammad, a crime punishable by death or life imprisonment according to Pakistan's penal code.

The alleged incident happened in June 2009 when Bibi, a field worker, was picking fruit in a village two hours west of Lahore. Prosecutors say when Bibi dipped her cup into a bucket of drinking water during a lunch break, her co-workers complained the water had been contaminated by a non-Muslim.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Asia • Christianity • Courts • Islam • Muslim • Pakistan

soundoff (94 Responses)
  1. cearsairf

    if you believe that your God is there, the most powerful and all knowing, so let the God punish her if she done something wrong... ..Who are you to decide and hang her to death because something she said against islam...something very wrong with Islam...your prophet is a killer?.....

    November 23, 2010 at 2:49 pm |
  2. david

    Freedom of thought and freedom of speech are freedoms given by God to human beings, though any freedom can be abused - but Islam and Sharia law persecute the slightest wrongs in their opinion. Ironic how human beings want to kill each other to avenge the honor of God, much less the honor of the violent, hate-talking prophet Muhammed, a mere human being, not a god.

    November 21, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
    • Muneef

      Kindly read for more understanding what is going wrong here:


      November 21, 2010 at 7:02 pm |
    • Muneef

      Kindly find the book which the page above came out of:

      The Bible, The Qur'an and Science
      by Dr. Maurice Bucaille
      Translated from French
      by Alastair D. Pannell and The Author


      November 21, 2010 at 7:55 pm |
  3. curtis

    if "yomomma" stays in power this same thing will become common place in America.
    as a country, America needs to remove the muslium living in the white house. he and his family
    are an embarrassment, not to mention the subversive policies he is installing without benefit
    of being voted on by the legislation. if America does not stop this man, there will no stopping him.
    it is up to you, all of you to stand up and put a stop to this overthrowing of the American government.

    November 21, 2010 at 1:08 pm |
  4. R.Sarah

    In any religion, if one sees the suffering of another person, such as this woman needing water, the one seeing is required to help-this is a fundamental pillar of religion. The 'crime' here was not a person taking water, it is the person who saw her take needed water and announced it knowing she would be punished and shamed.

    November 21, 2010 at 9:50 am |
  5. Sunny

    Please save this women...these little girls broke my heart...how can someone kill her mother...please I beg to God ...please save her...please help these little girls ...if i were there i would give my life for these little girls...please i beg someone to please help. Please...

    November 21, 2010 at 12:08 am |
  6. toby

    If there indeed IS a god out there (and I think it's so far removed from possibility that it's not even worth considering) then let's ask HIM! Where is He? If he's all powerful and all knowing, where the hell is he when his reputation needs defending? I guess he leaves his defense to illiterate, ignorant peasants who have a thirst for blood and who find it impossible to consider that they may simply be wrong. Maybe this god will come down at the last moment and save this woman from her fate. Then again (and much more likely) the SOB doesn't even exist-and all this suffering and bloodshed is merely the outcome from ignorant, delusional believers who don't know crap from Crisco about evolutionary theory, genetics, astronomy, and biology.

    November 20, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  7. MicheleG

    And of course making everyone wait and wait and wait is just the tip of the sadistic iceberg. Even if she ends up only isolated and rebuked, we know that the suspense while waiting for resolution is part of the "punishment." She and her family will likely end up paranoid and neurotic after this cruel abusive treatment. Cruelly messing with her mind is a deliberate part of this vulgar brutality. There is NO excuse for this unbelievable cruelty. None.

    November 19, 2010 at 7:55 pm |
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