HRCP condemns blasphemy charge against 11-year-old

HRCP says, 'fact that girl is juvenile and suffers from Down’s Syndrome makes charge more preposterous and...


Web Desk August 20, 2012

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has condemned the blasphemy charge against an 11-year-old Christian girl who was accused of blasphemy and arrested for allegedly burning pages of a Noorani Qaida, a booklet used to learn the basics of the Holy Quran.

The girl, named Rifta Masih, had burned a Noorani Qaida on August 16 and had thrown it in garbage after putting it in a plastic bag. Masih belonged to the rural area of Mehrabadi, which is next to the G-11 sector in Islamabad.

In a statement, the commission said that “the fact that the girl is a juvenile and suffers from Down’s Syndrome only makes the charge more preposterous and barbaric.”

The statement further stated that “it is also extremely disturbing to note that the police allowed a mob to surround the police station and demand that she be handed over.”
The spread of extremism and the authorities’ preference for appeasing charged mobs, rather than taking the correct and lawful course, should make those in power as well as other political forces take serious note. It is deplorable that the country’s political leadership refrains from speaking out against extremism and the injustices towards non-Muslims.

The HRCP called upon the authorities to “immediately release” the girl and provide foolproof protection to her family and the “frightened Christian community” in the area.

COMMENTS (29)

Mujhe hay hukm e azaan | 8 years ago | Reply

Shutup HRCP, your mother USA has spoken about it already

shamsulmulk | 8 years ago | Reply

According to Islamic law extremist can't punished her, she is 11 old and she has;t reached to age of maturity.it is pure stupidity to give punishment to this 11 old girls,i am sure this is fake story,because these type of stories are comman in Pakistan.look Islam teach us dint kill human being.Every body have seen noorani qaida pages in dirty drain in cites.AND news papers also giving quranic verses in news papers i am sure every body have seen these news papers pages in dirty drain in street,There for govt must show the good gesture for this 11 old girls

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