The wife and family of a Pakistani Christian have had to go into hiding after her husband was sentenced to death for blasphemy, according to Release International.
The charity reports Marilyn Asif and her four young children have had to flee for their lives after her husband Asif was falsely accused of sending blasphemous text messages.
Asif, who’s 37, has already spent seven years in jail after a blasphemy case was filed against him in 2013. He was given the death penalty on September 8.
The case against Asif was brought after the Christian refused to take part in Muslim prayers at his factory or convert to Islam.
Asif lost his phone, which was used to send a so-called blasphemous text message to his supervisor at work. Asif believes the text was actually sent by his accuser to incriminate him.
Asif’s wife is now fearful for the safety of her children. A partner of Release International, which supports persecuted Christians, says: ‘She is in hiding because she feels threatened. She is trying to keep her three sons and daughter safe.’
The case has echoes of that of Asia Bibi, who languished in jail for eight years awaiting the death penalty before her lawyer had the case thrown out by the Supreme Court. A price was put on Asia Bibi’s head and her family were driven into hiding.
After the Supreme Court overturned the verdict, mobs brought cities to a standstill, calling for the army to mutiny and overthrow the government. After Asia was released, she and her family had to leave the country.
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SOURCE: Assist News Service