There's a story of a woman
Who's the mother of 5
3 years in prison
Now she's barely alive
- Hal St John, Free Asia Bibi song
"My name is Aasiya Noreen Bibi. I am a ‘nothing’ as they say here. A simple countrywoman from Ittan Wali, a miniscule Punjabi village, in the centre of Pakistan.And yet, today, the whole world knows me. The whole world knows that I am Asia Bibi.
In prison, day and night is the same. My dying is slow. My tears are my only companions in the cell. I see no more than the prison bars, the wet ground and the walls blackened by filth. An odour of grease, sweat and urine pervades everything. It is the smell of death and of despair.
After the newspaper reports, 10 million Pakistanis are ready to kill me by their own hands.
Locked up, followed around and enchained for years,banished from the world to await my death. Though my tiny cell is without a window, I want my voice and my anger however to be heard. I want the whole world to know that I will be hung by the neck for having helped my neighbour. I, Asia Bibi, am condemned to die because I was thirsty. I am a prisoner because I used the same glass as some Muslim women. Water served by a Christian woman is considered impure by these fellow field workers.
From this prison squalor, I want everyone to hear my small voice denouncing this injustice and this barbarity."
-Asia Bibi, from her book 'Blasphemy'
"Death to the Christian!"
"Asia Bibi is the first and only woman to be condemned to death in Pakistan this century.
Many of the prisoners accused of blasphemy don’t have time to be judged, because they are killed in their cell before their trial takes place.
Salman Taseer was a politician and a humanist who did not hesitate to oppose the Taliban and islamisation. He was assassinated because he defended me publically. 'Hello, Asia. I am Salman Taseer, the Governor of Punjab. I know your story and I know that you are a victim. He said I am unjustly accused, that this law against blasphemy encourages criminal actions against religious minorities and the most destitute, that it goes not only against the principles of Islam but that it does no service to this religion.'
'People do not like you here. They would want you dead. Salman Taseer’s assassin was his body guard. He brought him down. Now he is a hero throughout Pakistan. We also are like your body guards, if you see what I mean.' said Khalil, prison warden."
-From Asia Bibi's book, 'Blasphemy'
Death by hanging
Imprisoned for 3 years
Now SET BIBI FREE!!!
- Wizard MC, Free Asia Bibi song
“Asia Noreen Bibi, under article 295C of the Pakistani code, the court sentences you to capital punishment by hanging..."
'I cried alone... I can no longer bear the sight of people full of hatred, applauding the killing of a poor farm worker. I no longer see them, but I still hear them, the crowd who gave the judge a standing ovation, saying “Kill her, kill her! Allah akbar.” The court house is invaded by a euphoric horde who break down the doors, chanting "Vengeance for the holy Prophet, Allah is great!" I was then thrown like an old rubbish-sack into the van... I had lost all humanity in their eyes.'
- Asia Bibi, from her book "Blasphemy"