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Aasia Bibi allegedly tortured

A Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to death over charges of blasphemy has allegedly been tortured in jail, sources familiar with the matter told The Express Tribune, writes Asad Kharal.

Updated: October 13, 2011 07:02 AM GMT
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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. (Asad Kharal, 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. FULL STORY Blasphemy convict Aasia Bibi tortured in jail: Sources (The Express Tribune)

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