A Christian woman from Pakistan will find out if a death sentence she received for alleged blasphemy is to be upheld at the Supreme Court in Lahore on Thursday (13 October). Asia Bibi was first arrested in 2009 and sentenced to death in 2010 for allegedly insulting the prophet Muhammad. As many as 150 senior Muslim clerics have demanded the state hang Bibi.
The case began when Bibi was working in fields near her village of Itanwali in the Punjab. Bibi was sent to fetch water for her co-workers but when she returned they protested, saying that non-Muslims should not touch the water bowl. An argument broke out and some days later the Muslim women complained to a local cleric.
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