Blasphemy convict Aasia Bibi tortured in jail: Sources

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    Blasphemy convict Aasia Bibi tortured in jail: Sources

    LAHORE: Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death on charges of committing blasphemy, was allegedly tortured by a staffer of Sheikhupura jail, sources familiar with the matter told The Express Tribune.

    Aasia Bibi, who has been the subject of much controversy, has been detained in a special cell in Sheikhupura jail due to severe security threats.

    According to sources, the warden of the jail, identified as Khadeeja, “tortured” Aasia Bibi after alleging that certain prohibited items were found in her cell.

    They said that other staff members who were present during the incident acted as silent spectators.
    Despite having knowledge of the incident, Deputy Superintendent of Sheikhupura Jail Ghafoor Anjum has not taken any action against the staffer who was responsible for the incident. However, Superintendent Sheikh Khalid Pervaiz later suspended Khadeeja, and an inquiry into the incident has been initiated, sources added.

    An intelligence agency has also sent a report regarding the incident to its provincial headquarters after recording Aasia Bibi’s statement.

    In its report, the agency stated that the episode happened due to the negligence of the jail administration and feared that the matter might go out of hand.

    Sentenced to death

    In 2010, Aasia Bibi, a resident of Nankana Sahib in Punjab, was sentenced to death by a Sessions Court following an incident in which an altercation took place between her and her co-workers over the issue of fetching water from the fields.

    Her lawyer filed an appeal, requesting a pardon from the Office of the President. President Asif Ali Zardari had asked for a review of the facts of the case. However, on November 29, 2010 Khawaja Sharif, the then chief justice of the Lahore High Court, had issued an interim order ruling that while the matter is pending before it, the president could not issue a pardon for Aasia Bibi.

    The case has received worldwide attention, with Pope Benedict XVI and leaders from around the world urging that the Christian mother of five be freed.

    Family in hiding

    In 2010, Aasia Bibi’s husband Ashiq Masih along with the couple’s children went into hiding in an undisclosed Christian enclave.

    Masih is convinced that his family has been targeted for death at the behest of radical Islamic groups. Asked about the events which gave rise to his wife’s death sentence he said, “She was picking berries with other women when she was sent to get water. One of the women refused to drink the water after my wife dipped her cup into the bucket. This woman said it was contaminated because it was touched by a Christian.”

    According to Masih, all the women began taunting his wife and shouting insults against her mother and their children.

    Aasia just repeated the same insults back at them, he said. “The name of the holy prophet (PBUH) never came up. Five days later, the local cleric came to our house, followed by an angry mob, and dragged my wife away,” he said, recalling the incident that took place in June 2009. They beat her, ripped off her clothes and accused her of insulting the prophet (PBUH), he added.

    Published in The Express Tribune, October 12th, 2011.
     
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  3. shoaib

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    thats really bad..
     
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    There is no respect for religion in the subcontinent whether India or pakistan..No patience..
     
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    I would disagree with you, there is tremendous amount of respect for all beliefs in India.

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    I would disagree with you in the same regard,,
    The shrines and mosques in Pakistan are protected from terrorists,
    Losing patience in religious cults in Pakistan is due to the Afghan war where all organizations irrespective of religion using the word of religion and propagate their personal agenda.
    Check points are made for the people who wants to perform their prayers without any terror disturbance.
    India also have religious impatience but yes the intensity is low compared to Pakistan which is all due to war at the gates..
    Recent examples is Orissa conflict when Pope of Rome came to media and uses strong words..
    Kashmir graves are another example and off course biharis and non biharis conflict in Maharashtra state..
     
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    Hey Paki, it is not the same. Democratic Socialist Secular Republic of India to Islamic Republic of Pakistan, You see the difference. Pope can go suck an egg, for all we care. Let him first apologize for all those killings in the name of Christainity all around the world. He or his kind is responsible for killing entire civilizations, and less said about your culture the better. Yes mass killing of Shia's and institutionalized subjugation of minorities in Pakistan is same to India. You buggers dont even have the right to stand in the same room as ours. Regarding Orrisa, the pope can blame the Baptist christians funded by the American charities, Communist, and when the Hindu's hit back, they hit all christians, not just the Bapitist..Sad for Catholics, but that's what happened, even then to compare that to anything in Pakistan, is laughable at best.
     
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    You are mistaking a few unrelated incidents with religious intolerance.

    1. Orissa fighting was not due to religious intolerance but due to predatory practices of the West funded Christian evangelist, which pissed off certain hindu groups. Christians and Hindus live extremely peacefully, the extremist groups are fighting each other in Orissa.

    2. Kashmir graves - where do you think the Pakistani terrorists who die are buried ? and its not a case of religious intolerance but a security issue.

    3. Bihari-Non Bihari issue is again not an issue of religious intolerance but a social issue (Marathis are protesting the migration of UP-Biharis into Mumbai)
     
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    Look Black...
    here is for you.



    [h=1]Convert or we will kill you, Hindu lynch mobs tell fleeing Christians[/h]


    [h=1]Convert or we will kill you, Hindu lynch mobs tell fleeing Christians[/h] As a fresh wave of sectarian violence is unleashed across the Indian state of Orissa, Gethin Chamberlain talks to homeless survivors in Kandhamal district who were forced to abandon their religion

    Hundreds of Christians in the Indian state of Orissa have been forced to renounce their religion and become Hindus after lynch mobs issued them with a stark ultimatum: convert or die.
    The wave of forced conversions marks a dramatic escalation in a two-month orgy of sectarian violence which has left at least 59 people dead, 50,000 homeless and thousands of houses and churches burnt to the ground. As neighbour has turned on neighbour, thousands more Christians have sought sanctuary in refugee camps, unable to return to the wreckage of their homes unless they, too, agree to abandon their faith.
    Last week, in the worst-affected Kandhamal district, The Observer encountered compelling evidence of the scale of the violence employed in a conversion programme apparently sanctioned by members of one of the most powerful Hindu groups in India, the 6.8-million member Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) - the World Hindu Council.
    Standing in the ashes of her neighbour's house in the village of Sarangagada, Jaspina Naik, 32, spoke nervously, glancing towards a group of Hindu men watching her suspiciously. 'My neighbours said, "If you go on being Christians, we will burn your houses and your children in front of you, so make up your minds quickly",' she said. 'I was scared. Christians have no place in this area now.'
    On her forehead, she wore a gash of vermilion denoting a married Hindu woman, placed there by the priest at the conversion ceremony she had been obliged to attend a day earlier, along with her husband and three young children. 'I'm totally broken,' she said. 'I have always been a Christian. Inside I am still praying for Jesus to give me peace and to take me out of this situation.'
    She and her neighbour, Kumari Naik, 35, gazed forlornly at the charred remains of the house. The mob that arrived one evening in the first week of the violence, armed with swords and axes, had looted what they wanted before dousing the building with petrol and setting it alight. Kumari had fled into the nearby forest with her husband, Umesh, and 14-year-old son Santosh. A smoke-damaged child's drawing of Mickey Mouse pinned to one wall was all that remained of their former lives. Shattered roof tiles crunched underfoot as the women moved through the blackened rooms.
    The priest had given them cow dung to eat during the ceremony, they said, telling them it would purify them. 'We were doing that, but we were crying,' Jaspina said.
    The roads between the villages are rough and potholed, adding to the difficulties in accessing what is already a remote region, a six-hour drive from the state capital, Bhubaneshwar. The remoteness has undoubtedly played a part in the continuation of the violence, making it harder for police to move about quickly, even if they were minded to do so. Christian leaders, though, have accused the authorities of dragging their feet, claiming they are reluctant to antagonise the majority Hindu community in the run-up to parliamentary elections next year.
    [​IMG] Sumani Naik, 18, stands beneath a torn Christian poster in her fire-damaged house in Kandhamal district after being forced to convert. Photograph: Gethin Chamberlain Relations between the Hindu and Christian communities were already at a low ebb when the killing of VHP leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati on 23 August provided the trigger for the current wave of violence. The VHP blamed Christians and the mobs descended on the homes of neighbours and friends. Those who were too slow to get away were killed. Amid the savagery, two incidents stood out: a young Hindu woman working in a Christian orphanage was burnt alive and a nun was gang-raped.
    Yet the VHP is unrepentant and appears to be involved, at least at grassroots level, with the campaign of forced conversions. One priest who converted 18 Christians in the village of Sankarakhole last week told The Observer that he had been approached by local VHP representatives to carry out the ceremony.
    'The VHP people came with letters that said they wanted to be converted, so I converted them,' said Preti Singh Patra, who is the brother of a senior VHP official. Crouching on the ground in front of his temple, set in a small walled garden beneath a huge banyan tree, he ran through the details of the ceremony: first some fruit to eat, followed by a mixture of cow dung and urine mixed with milk and curd, a dip in water from the Ganges, an hour of prayers and then the painting of a bindi on the forehead.
    Some local men stepped forward to speak to him. 'Don't say too much,' they warned. The priest seemed unconcerned. The 18 had been the only Christians in the village, he said. They were happy to convert.
    Around the village, the countryside is a sea of green, a beautiful lush vista that offers, at a distance, no clues to the turmoil. Yet up close it is a landscape scarred by the ugly remains of homes and churches which lie shattered between other houses still inhabited and unscathed, those belonging to Kandhamal's Hindus.
    A few miles down the road from Sankarakhole, in the village of Minia, Sujata Digal, 38, stood outside her own burnt-out home. The mob had arrived at 3am, she said. She and her husband Hari hid in the forest and watched the house burn. When they came out of the forest, the mob returned and told them to convert, and it was not a hard decision.
    'They said, 'If you don't become Hindu, we'll burn your houses too and start killing you',' said Ashish Digal, the former Christian pastor. 'I've been forced to convert. Everyone is being converted. They beat us in the fields. I went to the temple. We had to say that we belonged to the Hindu state of Orissa, and that from this day we are Hindus.'
    [​IMG] Soldiers guarding Christian refugees at a camp in Kandamal district. Photograph: Gethin Chamberlain Before the violence started, Christians outnumbered Hindus in Minia: now 115 have converted, roughly half of their original number. The rest have fled.
    Burn your Bibles, the men told Ashish Digal. He told them he had, but hid them instead. Every couple of days people come to his house to search, hoping to catch him out. Those people are not strangers; they are his neighbours.
    They had been sitting idly in the main road when The Observer's car pulled up. Now the young driver, Sudhir, was rushing down the path that led to what remained of Sujata Digal's house, holding his head, visibly shaken. 'We must leave now,' he said.
    He had been standing by the car when the men closed in around him. They left the talking to Prashant Digal, a teacher and organiser for the local VHP youth wing. 'Why did you bring these people here?', he demanded, punching Sudhir in the head. 'Take the vehicle and go. Leave them here for us.' They surrounded him, a young Hindu, and slapped him around again. No one came to his aid. 'If you stay, we will burn you with them in the car. You will all be killed. Just leave them,' they told him. But he did not, which was a decent thing for a frightened boy to do. He drove a little way down the road and parked around a corner, out of sight, and came back to raise the alarm.
    Back on the main road, the men were waiting. 'Put your notebook and your cameras away. You will take no pictures and record nothing,' the VHP man said. 'You want to know what is happening? Now I will tell you why this is happening.' He blamed the Christians for taking the jobs of Hindus, for the murder of the Swami. The only solution was for Christians to convert, he said. 'This is a Hindu community. Everyone can stay here, as long as they are part of that community. And now you should go.'
     
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    Look Black? What was that again Paki ?
    Edit your post with a proper link, or you will be reported. The above link sounds so legit. You still dont see the difference, unlike your institutionalized rape of your own citizen, my countrymen's forces came to protect the innocents on both sides, and stood in between two warring factions. Unlike you or your ancestors who were raped, we stand for good and stand tall. There is a difference, your Stockholm syndrome induced mind wont get it.
     
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    Intolerance is there whether in the name of religion or whatever.
    pakistan has too..
    In kashmir they have found 10000 thousands plus graves and there is more, so all of them are pakistan agents and i think that is not leading to the right path. I can post many articles of that but i dont want to. one of Hazare, a samaji member was hit badly by some indians and that is true example of lack of intolerance in secular india. Sorry but thats the true story of sub-continent.
     
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    Pakistan is an epitome of intolerance, we have sporadic cases of intolerance.
    India is 3000 km wide and 3000km long, with a population of 1.2 billion. Just for some perspective, we have the largest populations of Muslims, Bahais, Zoroastrians, Sikhs, Hindus and 2000+ year history of Atheism, Buddhism, Christianity.

    I don't know if they found "10000 thousands plus graves" but where did the dead Pak terrorists go ? and again its a security issue not a religious issue.

    An example of religious intolerance in Kashmir would be Jamiat-e-Islami calling Shias kaffir, and asking Hindus to leave their women behind and leave Kashmir.

    I am sure you will be able to collect and post many articles but what does it prove ?? India is not perfect and there are small issues so what, it is not Pakistan.


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    I specifically posted an article by a Pakistani published in a Pak paper saying that Pakistan is radicalised while India is not
     

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