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Pakistan's authorities have held dozens of supporters of a hard-line Islamic cleric whose party led mass protests last month over the acquittal of a Christian woman accused of blasphemy.
Asia Bibi is now hiding because her life is in peril.…
Asia Bibi was in an argument with a group of women in June 2009
They were harvesting fruit when a row broke out about a bucket of water. The women said because she had used a cup, they could no longer touch it, as her faith had made it unclean.
The women said Asia Bibi should convert to Islam and that she made offensive comments about the Prophet Muhammad in response.
She was later beaten up at her home, with her accusers saying she had confessed to blasphemy. She was arrested after a police investigation.
Islam is Pakistan's national religion and underpins its legal system. Public support for the strict blasphemy laws is strong.
Hard-line politicians have often backed severe punishments, partly as a way of shoring up their support base.
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