Asia Bibi Background
was a Pakistani Christian who lived in the village of Ittanwala, some 40 miles south-east of Lahore. The village was surrounded by green fields and fruit orchards. Asia lived peacefully with her husband and five children and worked as a farm laborer like many
of the women of her village in fields.
How Asia Bibi Was Falsely Implicated Under Blasphemy Law
It was the month of June 2009, Asia Bibi was working with women for picking berries in fields. After working for hours under the scorching sun, all women were thirsty and exhausted and stopped
for a break. Her coworkers asked Asia Bibi to fetch some water from the nearby well.
After fetching water from the well, Asia Bibi on her way
back took a sip of the water from the bowl before handing it over to her Muslim co-workers. This sipping of water made her coworker women mad and they got very furious with Asia Bibi. In Pakistan, many conservative Muslims don’t like to eat or drink
with people of other faiths as they believe that non-Muslims are impure and are lower-class humans.
Asia Bibi’s co-workers throw racist
remarks at her, declaring her as “dirty filthy women” and as a result, an argument got erupted and fierce words were exchanged on both sides.