A Christian woman, Agnes Nuggo, was accused of blasphemy and arrested in the Diocese of Faisalabad, in the Punjab province of Pakistan. The Catholic Church, which is handling the case, expressed "extreme concern" over the affair.
The Commission for Justice and Peace in the diocese reported that Agnes (50) is married to Bashir Masih, has children and lives in the Christian quarter of Waris Pura. She was accused of blasphemy after a dispute over a piece of land that had already created controversy with his relatives. Some Muslim neighbours accused her of having made insulting statements against the Prophet Mohammed and against Islam. On 16 February, the local police registered a FIR (First Information Report) pursuant to art. 295/a of the Criminal Code and arrested her. Agnes professes her innocence and says the accusations are completely fabricated.
Fr. Nisar Barkat, Director of the Justice and Peace Commission in Faisalabad, reported "Bishop Joseph Coutts has become aware of the case and asked me to follow it closely." Fr. Nisar was in court and obtained a copy of the complaint against Agnes, who will have her first court hearing in two weeks. The church will find her a lawyer and will take care of her family. (Read more.)
Friday, February 25, 2011
Christian Woman, Agnes Nuggo, Arrested on Blasphemy Charges in Pakistan
It's the same story over and over again. Some dispute arises between a Christian and some Muslims in Pakistan. The Muslims, without any evidence whatsoever, quickly start yelling, "She blasphemed Muhammad!" Then the authorities swoop in and arrest the Christian. By this point, Pakistani politicians are powerless to defend the Christian, since any such defense will also be viewed as an attack against Islam and Sharia. Thus, the Christian sits in jail, awaiting her fate. Sad. But don't wait for an outcry from Muslims here in the West. They're too busy complaining about "Islamophobia."