In 2009, a Christian woman named Aasiya Noreen (a.k.a. Asia Bibi, below) got in a fight with Muslim co-workers over shared water — they said it was unclean because Noreen was Christian. A fight began, during which Noreen said she would not covert to Islam, a statement her co-workers took as an insult to their faith and the Prophet Muhammad, and the bizarre argument led to incredibly serious consequences: A Pakistani judge sentenced her to death.
Despite conflicting testimonies and a complete lack of evidence for what happened, Noreen remained in prison for five years until her case could be appealed to the Lahore High Court (similar to a U.S. Appeals Court). Late last week, a two-judge panel issued their ruling:
In spite of protests within Pakistan and abroad against the country’s blasphemy laws, the Lahore High Court today upheld the death sentence for a Christian mother accused of insulting Islam’s prophet.
You’ve got to be shitting me… how is that even possible?