Wednesday, 29 August 2012

An 11-year-old Christian girl with Down’s syndrome arrested for blasphemy


Updated 31/8/12

Glasgow protest on Scottish TV

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BBC News - Pakistani Christians worried about blasphemy laws

Pukar News - Protest for 11 Year old Rimsha Masih

Channel 4 News - Christian girl held for blasphemy in Pakistan


Islamabad: Rimsha Masih remanded. Paul Bhatti optimistic for release

This morning, the judge granted another 14 days to investigators to close the investigation. APMA representatives "usual procedure"; preparations ahead of tomorrow’s hearing. Bishop Rufin Anthony, worried about child’s health and safety. 

"I'm optimistic about the possibility that Rimsha Masih will be freed" and if she is not released tomorrow  at the scheduled bail hearing, it is very likely that it "will be decided early next week", says Paul Bhatti

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Islamabad, Islamic leaders challenge medical report, call for punishment of Rimsha Masih

Islamabad (AsiaNews) - A court in Islamabad, under pressure from religious leaders in the courtroom, has postponed to September 1 the trial for blasphemy against Rimsha Masih, a Christian girl of 13 who is being held in prison for burning pages of the Koran . The Islamist front, through a lawyer, presented a report that disputes the results of the medical committee, who declared her a minor with - unspecified - mental disabilities. The tension was palpable in the court, increasing security concerns for Rimsha's safety, whose life now appears increasingly endangered.

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Mentally impaired child arrested under Pakistan's anti-blasphemy law

A young girl who suffers from Down's Syndrome has been arrested in Pakistan for allegedly burning a page from the Quran and could face the death penalty.
Police confirmed that they arrested a young girl named Rimsha on Aug. 16 at the urging of neighbors who claim they saw her burning pages of the book outside her home, according to Vatican Radio.

Paul Bhatti against NGOs and activists who "speculate" on blasphemous disabled girl affair

The prime minister's special adviser on national harmony is working closely with Muslim leaders to keep a lid on the situation and save Rimsha Masih from prison. He expects "positive developments" but is highly critical of those who are exploiting the incident for their own "gain." Islamabad bishop slams distorted versions and "immature" attitudes.

An 11-year-old girl with Down’s syndrome has fallen foul of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. Should we really continue to support this anti-Christian country?

What will Mr Cameron say or do about this gross barbarity? Just carry on supporting Pakistan regardless?

An 11-year-old disabled Christian girl arrested for blasphemy, 300 families flee

The girl is accused of burning pages from a booklet used to teach Arabic and the Qur'an. Under the Pakistan Penal Code, she could get life in prison. Police saved her from an enraged mob that tried to kill her, but more than 300 families fled their homes fearing more violence. Paul Bhatti calls for calm.


On BBC Asian Network: Should Pakistan's blasphemy laws be scrapped?

BBC - Asian Network Nihal - Keep It Or Leave it- Should Pakistan's blasphemy laws be scrapped? Joining the discussion Canon Yaqub Masíh and Mr. Wilson Chowdhry
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Premier Christian Radio interview

Wilson Chowdhry, Chair of the British Pakistani Christian Association
CLAAS Director Nasir Saeed
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 British Pakistan Christian Association Protest
Date: 1st September 2012
Time: 12 noon to 3pm. 
Location; 137 Dickenson Road, Rusholme, Manchester M14 5JB.

Guest speaker David Dean of Nelson, Jabber Singh from the British Sikh Council, Ranbir Singh from the Hindu Human Rights Group and Ooberfuse who will be performing their well know campaign songs...  

The BPCA is organising a protest outside the Pakistan High Commission in London
To highlight the plight of 11 year old Christian girl Rimsha with Downs Syndrome arrested for blasphemy and
To call for reform or abrogation of the Blasphemy Law of Pakistan.

Details of protest:

Date:   Wednesday 22nd August 2012
Time:   7pm - 9pm
Location:     Pakistan High Commission, 34- 36 Lowndes Square, London SW1X 9JN
Guest Speakers include:

    • Michelle Huberman - Creative Director for Harif (A Group serving Middle-East Jews) and mother of a child with Downs Syndrome.
    • Ranbir Singh Hindu Human Rights Group
    • Hal from Ooberfuse
    • Rev Noble Samuel - Heston United Reform Church
    • A representative from Aid to the Church in Need

Please remember Rimsha, her family and all those affected by this in your prayers.

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