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No Hope For A Pakistani Christian Woman Accused Of Blasphemy

A Pakistani Christian woman (her name withheld for security reasons) who was accused of committing blasphemy last year in 2021, still waits justice behind the bars. Distraught and no hope at the end of the tunnel, she spends her days and nights hoping for a miracle release.

This woman was accused of insulting Islam in a Whatsapp conversation in July, 2021. She awaits her trial since then, as the judicial system seems to proceed at a snail’s pace, despite the fact that the charges of blasphemy were leveled against her quickly. Her first trial was expected to take place on May 25. However, little hope there may be for her but trials in blasphemy cases take years.

The despondent woman’s family tells the tale of the deplorable conditions she has been kept in. Caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, this woman has been caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. If she remains in behind the bars, she’s forced to live in pathetic conditions. On the other hand, is she is set free, she won’t be able to lead a normal life owing to the religious fanaticism that won’t allow her to live. This fanaticism often manifests in the form of extrajudicial killing of the blasphemy accused along with others associated to the accused.  

Moreover, her family is now fearful for their lives as well. As they pine away for their beloved behind the bars they have to be on the lookout for potential retaliation. “They keep her in a small cell and there is a separation barrier between prisoners and visitors. It is heartbreaking to see her locked up like that,” her youngest child told an international news agency.

By Farrukh Saif

Farrukh Saif is a Pakistani human rights activist based in Germany. He founded his own organization, the Farrukh Saif Foundation (FSF), in 2009 with the goal of supporting marginalized and oppressed minorities in Pakistan who are affected by religious discrimination, blasphemy laws, forced conversions, abductions, rape, and bonded slavery. The main focus of the FSF is on the liberation of bonded laborers, particularly those working in brick kilns in rural areas of Pakistan. In 2018, the FSF merged with the US-based Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved. Throughout his career, Farrukh has been a leading voice for the rights of minorities in Pakistan and has gained international attention for his campaigns against the misuse of blasphemy laws and the belief that asylum is not a crime. In 2014, he played a key role in the release of hundreds of asylum seekers from Thai jails and has worked with his legal team to save numerous victims of strict blasphemy laws in Pakistan. Farrukh has also been invited by the Hungarian government to discuss his work and the issues he addresses. In addition to his work with the FSF, Farrukh has also been involved in various other humanitarian efforts, including providing health care services to internally displaced persons in Khayber Pakhtoon Khawa in 2009 and assisting flood victims in Sindh and Punjab in 2010. He has worked to aid victimized minorities in Pakistan and has a strong track record of successfully advocating for their rights. Farrukh joined forces with Keith Davies in 2018 to co-found the Emergency Committee to Save The Persecuted and Enslaved, and since 2009, they have collectively successfully rescued more than 36000 individuals from slavery and persecution.