January 2, 2012
A judge in December granted bail to a Christian woman falsely charged with theft in Abbottabad, Pakistan, after police failed to produce evidence incriminating her, Compass Direct News reports. Salma Emmanuel, 30, was severely beaten along with her husband for three days when they refused to confess, and she was taken to a hospital in critical condition with the life of her unborn child also threatened. Her husband was freed on bail in November and said that while he was beaten, police tried to convert him to Islam. Emmanuel said police discriminated against both of them from the outset: "The police tortured both of us, and despite our ... cry that we were not thieves, they continued with their harsh treatment," she said. The couple lost their life savings and both their jobs as a result of the false charges and are now depending on relatives.