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ANS (04/10/06) – A Christian woman who was charged with desecration of the picture of Khana Kabah, the Muslim holy place in Saudi Arabia on March 3, will continue to languish in special solitary cell as her bail was denied by the court on April 7.

The family members of Naseem have fled from their native home and gone in hiding due to fear of attacks by hard-line Muslim groups.

According to the Pakistan Christian Post (PCP), the jail administration denied a Sharing Life Ministry Pakistan (SLMP) team a visit to the blasphemy accused.

The SLMP team has issued an exclusive statement from her husband, Gulzar Masih to expose the tribulations of the woman accused of blasphemy.

“I work in a marriage hall as a sweeper. Naseem Bibi, a cleaner too was a government employee. We have three daughters and a son including Sahiba aged 8, Mary, 5, Sumera, one year old and Adeel 3 years old respectively. We live in Fatah Din Da Kot Shahbaz Road Kasur but presently we are staying at my brother’s house in Lahore ,” the PCP reported.

“On March 3, 2006 many Muslim residents of the area gathered in the market near our house to protest against publication of the caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. They were raising slogans against the US president George W. Bush, abusing him and Christianity too”.

The spouse of the blasphemy accused went on to tell the SLMP team: “My elder daughter named Sahiba saw them (anti-cartoon protesters) passing by the house. Naseem Bibi was washing clothes at that time. There is a heap of garbage near our house. Sahiba saw that one of the protesters was making a sign of cross on the heap of garbage with the plaster of paris. Sahiba came in and told Naseem about the desecration of cross on the heap. They were also burning the effigy of President Bush. Naseem rushed there and quarreled with them. She voiced her concern about the desecration of cross besides protesting against the abuses the Muslim protesters were allegedly hurling at President Bush and Christianity.

“They were large in number; they clutched Naseem and tortured her severely. They stripped her clothes publicly”

The husband of Naseem Bibi, whose ordeal has obviously been made worse after the court turned down her bail further told SLMP: “After beating Naseem Bibi they left her. But after a while some Muslims again came to our home. Naseem hid herself in a trunk. Carrying a picture of Khana Kabah smudged with defecation the angry protesters wanted to kill Naseem Bibi for allegedly desecrating the picture”.

“Meanwhile someone informed a lady councilor of our locality about the situation. She made a phone call to the emergency police. The police came and asked the mob about the matter. They lodged a complaint with the police about the insult of picture of Khana Kabah. The police entered our house and asked about Naseem. My daughter Sahiba told the police that Naseem was hiding in a trunk out of fear of mob. After recovering Naseem Bibi from the trunk they (police) thrashed her and took her to the police station.”

The husband of Naseem Bibi told one of the team members of SLMP that he was at home when the incident happened but, fearing mob, he kept quiet, the PCP reported.

He further told the SLMP that he did not know what happened afterwards.

“I went to jail to visit my wife but the jail management did not allow me to meet her,” the PCP quoted Gulzar as telling SLMP team.

The SLMP team also obtained legal documents of lawsuit against Naseem. The case has been registered vide FIR No. 93 dated 3rd March 2006 offence under section 295-A with the police station A/Division Kasur.