In January, Pakistan’s highest court upheld its October 2018 ruling to acquit Asia Bibi , an impoverished Catholic woman, of blasphemy charges. Bibi, a mother of five, was arrested in June 2009, after her neighbors complained she had made derogatory remarks about Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. A year later, Bibi was sentenced to death despite strong opposition from national and international human rights groups.
After the Supreme Court’s ruling, Asia Bibi should have been a free person. She is not in jail, as there is no case against her. The blasphemy allegations against her have been proven wrong. Should she choose to leave the country for Canada, where her daughters are reportedly staying, she has every right to depart.
But it’s been more than two months since Bibi’s acquittal, and not many people in Pakistan know where she is. It’s been reported that Bibi has been kept in “protective custody” in an unknown location.