A Christian Pakistani woman was convicted of blasphemy last week for reportedly insulting Islam and the prophet Muhammad. Now, the Pakistani prosecutor is defending the government's actions.
The conviction stems from an alleged June 2009 incident that took place in a field, when some Muslim women refused to accept drinking water from Asia Bibi because she was a Christian. That reportedly led to Bibi's controversial comments on Islam:
CNN details the extent of Bibi's alleged insults:
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.
"When I heard the decision my heart ached," Bibi's husband Ashiq Masih told CNN regarding the conviction.
Masih denies his wife ever insulted Muhammad. Threats, he said, forced him and his daughters, one of them disabled, to flee their village.
A Muslim prosecuter recently defended the case, refusing to answer questions about his own conscious, and said that the conviction is based on Pakistani law not Muslim law:
According to CNN, human rights groups see Pakistan's blasphemy laws as a way to persecute religious minorities, including Christians and minority Muslims.