“Kiss the Pope hand for me too. That will be my kiss. And ask him his blessing”. Asia Bibi wrote this, she is a Christian mother who was arrested in 2009, with the accusation of insults to Mohammed; she was sentenced to death in 2010.
Her word are to her husband and child who chose to go to Europe. The aim is to sensitize governments and institutions, in order to ask for an action to free the woman who became a symbol of the injustice and abuse of the anti-blasphemy law in Pakistan. From April 13 to 15 they will stop in Rome and then in Madrid, Paris, Berlin and, if it is possible, in Brussels too.
In the capital of Italy, on Wednesday, during the General Audience they will have the chance to meet the Pope in the shade of St. Peter. On April 14, in Columbus Hotel in Rome, a documentary about the story of Asia Bibi is going to be projected; Ignacio Arsuaga, director of HazteOir, made the film during his trip to Pakistan.
On the same day, Senator Mario Mauro and the undersecretary of State, Domenico Rossi, together with the Pakistani Christian Association in Italy and the CitizenGO Association, organized a press conference in palazzo Montecitorio.
Asia Bibi has been in prison for more that 2000 days and she still has not stopped proclaiming her innocence and faith. Her story shows the commas B and C of article in 295 of the Pakistani code (known as anti-blasphemy law) may be so badly interpreted to cause an innocent woman to be sentenced to death. Mostly, it is enough to be accused once, even if it is not certain. No proofs are needed; it is up to the accused one to prove his innocence.
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa