Christian Girl Accused of Blasphemy in Pakistan Must Stay in Prison After Bail Hearing Delayed

Rob Crilly, Telegraph (London), August 30, 2012

A young Christian girl accused of blasphemy in Pakistan faces spending more time in a high-security prison in Pakistan after her bail hearing was adjourned on Thursday.

Rimsha Misah has been held for almost two weeks after being accused of burning a Koran.

Blasphemy is a serious offence in Pakistan, punishable with death.

Her family have been taken into protective custody and Christians have fled their homes in fear of violent reprisals.

Rimsha’s family say she was born with Down’s syndrome and is aged 11.

However, at a bail hearing on Thursday, a lawyer acting for the man accusing Rimsha of blasphemy rejected a medical report saying that she was 14, with a lower mental age, and should be treated as a minor. He has asked for a new medical report.

It means Rimsha will remain in Adiala Prison until at least Saturday, when the hearing will resume.

The prison is notorious for holding murderers and terrorists. It is home to Mumtaz Qadri, the man who shot dead Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab, last year for his campaign to reform the blasphemy laws.

Before the hearing, Rimsha’s father repeated his appeal for Pakistan’s president to intervene.

Misrek Masih said: “My young daughter has Down’s syndrome and often isn’t in control of her actions and we are now afraid for her life.

“I’m asking President Asif Ali Zardari, who has called for further attention into my daughter’s case to release her from jail. We know that the world is watching and now people from all over the world are standing with us asking for a reprieve.”

Pakistan’s Christians are frequently targeted with blasphemy allegations, often as a means of settling scores.

Two years ago, a woman called Asia Bibi was sentenced to death in a case that sparked a campaign to reform what many believe to be outdated laws.

However, Mr Taseer, one of Mrs Bibi’s most prominent supporters, was assassinated by Qadri, one of his own bodyguards.

Weeks later, Shabbaz Bhatti, the minister for minorities and a Christian, was also shot dead, killing off any prospect of reform.

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  • Marcy Fleming

    Pakistan needs to be abolished. It’s a terror state run by idiots and a final horrible product of both the Brits’ Partition of 1947 and Gandhi’s Hindu extremism which doomed the old India.
    The only I ever agreed with Churchill was when he called Mahatma a naked little faker.
    With true justice Gandhi was assassinated by the Hindu extremism he helped ignite.
    Pakistan has been a disaster from the beginning. They are the main behind Al Queda and the Taliban. Time to pull the plug.

    •  The Pakistani deep state hid slash kept prisoner one Osama bin Laden for many years, and then prosecuted the doctor whose covert help was key in our unearthing his hiding spot.  This is why I don’t much worry about Iran getting a conventional nuke:  Pakistan has nukes, and really hates us with a passion, yet they haven’t nuked any of our cities yet, or ever.

      • Michael C. Scott

        They gave the doctor 33 years, but the thing to remember is that is illegal under US law for an American citizen to work for a foreign intelligence agency.  If he’d done the same thing here, he’d still have been jailed.  The US government is being hypocritical when they criticize his arrest.

        •  Perhaps so, but if Pakistan was really our friend, they would have exercised what is now euphemistically called prosecutorial discretion.

          I thought the doctor helped our military, not the CIA.

      • Marcy Fleming

         Great point, thanks.

  • Church_of_Jed

    Muslims are the last realists when it comes to defending a culture.

  • anarchyst

    So much for “islam” being a “religion of peace”.  Islam is a political system masquerading as a “religion” to get Constitutional 1st amendment “protections”.
    If I had my way, proponents of islam (along with zionism) would be declared “agents of a foreign government” and be required to register with the U S State Department as such.
    I would indict, prosecute and seize all assets of the following organizations–CAIR, ADL, ACLU, $PLC and others because they are of foreign nature and actively work against the interests of MY country, the United States of America.  I would also go after all NGOs and “church groups” that are instrumental in aiding the destruction of the USA.

  • anarchyst

    The Pakistanis did not produce the nuclear weapons on their own.  They were provided materials and technical assistance by that one little country that is the headquarters of the “tribe” . . .

  • JackKrak

    What a dire hole of a nation.

    Has anything good ever come out of it?

  •  …produce with the help of which country/ies ?
    Reaping what one sowed is a b1tch.