Rimsha finds refuge in Canada

Rimsha was arrested in Islamabad after a crowd demanded she be punished.

News Desk June 30, 2013
File photo showing Rimsha Masih being taken to a helicopter. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

A Pakistani Christian girl who was falsely accused of blasphemy has fled to Canada with her family, the BBC reported, quoting a Christian organisation.

Rimsha Masih, 14, was detained in a maximum security prison for several weeks in August 2012, accused of desecrating pages from the Holy Quran. The case attracted widespread international concern.

Although charges against Rimsha were dropped, she and her family were forced into hiding after death threats.

Rimsha, who is believed to have learning difficulties, was arrested in Islamabad after a crowd demanded she be punished.

The teenager has now settled in Canada with her family, although their exact location has not been made public. A Christian activist in Canada told the BBC that the teenager was enjoying school. “They feel free,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 30th, 2013.


Bale | 9 years ago | Reply

I am glad that she's safe

Bale | 9 years ago | Reply

I'm glad she's safe.

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