Date: May 30, 2015
By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST Ministries and the ASSIST News Service
PAKISTAN (ANS – May 31, 2015) -- According to her family, Asia Bibi, the 50-year-old Pakistani Christian women on death row for alleged blasphemy, a charge she vehemently denies, is suffering from intestinal bleeding and requires medical treatment.
According to a story on the Global Dispatch (http://www.theglobaldispatch.com) website, her lawyers have mobilized to call for a medical response after a recent family visit.
For almost five years Asia Bibi, who is a poor, illiterate woman from Pakistan's rural Punjab, has been on death row after being accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad, and is described by family as “so weak she can hardly walk.”
The story stated that her family had visited her last week after not seeing Asia for over a month.
They had been traveling in Europe to visit Madrid for the #WeAreN Congress, organized by MasLibres.org and after they visited to the Vatican, where they were received during the general audience by Pope Francis.
According to information provided to http://maslibres.org/ , stomach problems developing for months worsened to the point that she is suffering from “intestinal bleeding”.
“When vomiting there is also shown traces of blood, Asia has difficulty feeding properly, while constant pain in the chest. Therefore, it is necessary that Asia Bibi be submitted as soon as possible a full medical checkup, including blood work,” said the source.
“Lawyers of Asia Bibi have taken the necessary legal actions to receive timely medical treatment and is transferred to the prison in Lahore, which can provide more adequate health care and she would be closer to her family, who have to travel for several hours from Lahore to Multan on each visitation,” added the Global Dispatch story.
Asia is alleged to have spoken negatively about Islam and their prophet as witnessed by some abusive women working near the women. She had been asked to bring them some water from a local well, and when they discovered that she had taken a drink from a cup, they began abusing here and she disagreed with what they had said, and was then charged with blasphemy and then sentenced to death. She is awaiting her final appeal.
Photo captions: 1) Asia Bibi with her husband and two of her children. 2) Pakistani Christians protesting Asia Bibi's death sentence. 3) Dan Wooding doing a TV report.
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 74, is an award-winning journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for nearly 52 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK.