Pakistan Sentences Christian to Death for Blasphemy

Mother of 5 says she was persecuted because of religion
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2010 2:00 AM CST
Asia Bibi was given the death sentence by a court in the Punjab.   (Release)

(Newser) – Pakistan has sentenced a Christian woman to death for blasphemy against Islam, the Telegraph reports. Asia Bibi, a farmworker and mother of five, made derogatory remarks about Mohammed while arguing about religion with Muslim colleagues, say prosecutors. "Essentially the blasphemy law is used as a tool of persecution and to settle other scores that are nothing to do with religion," said a member of Human Rights Watch. "It's an obscene law."

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