The Fate of Rimsha Masih

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On Wednesday, August 29, 2012, there appeared to be a good chance that Rimsha Masih, the young Pakistani Christian girl falsely accused of blasphemy against Islam and arrested on August 17, 2012, would soon be cleared of those charges. Rimsha’s attorney, Tahir Naveed Chaudry, was confident that the little girl’s case would be transferred from the local court in Pakistan’s federal capital of Islamabad to the more lenient juvenile court. But after the hearing on Thursday, August 30, Naveed expressed deep concern that threats against the court made by Islamists would result in the judge yielding to mob rule.

This precarious condition demonstrates that even when an individual defendant is cleared of such charges, it is only one more Band-Aid on the festering open sores that are Pakistan’s anti-blasphemy laws. Just the existence of these laws, included in Pakistan’s Penal Code, squashes free speech and religious freedom and ensures a life of misery and persecution for Christians and other religious minorities. The government of Pakistan needs to deal with those who make the initial accusations, the religious clerics and others who foment riots, and the resulting mobs that carry out the violence.

Being cleared would not mean that Rimsha would be welcomed back into the bosom of the Muslims in her village of Maherabad in Islamabad. Compass Direct News Service on August 30 quoted  Naveed, who said that “as with every blasphemy accused, Rimsha and her family won’t be able to return to their home as it may put their lives at risk.” For that matter, defending the little Christian girl, who is believed to have Down syndrome, may put the life of lawyer Naveed, an assemblyman from Punjab Province, at risk, as well. And as Naveed revealed, neither is the judge safe from the Islamist mob.

From the moment the accusation of burning pages of the Noorani Qaida, a booklet used to learn the basics of the Koran, was made against Rimsha, the mob mentality kicked in. According to Barnabas Fund, “the alleged incident was broadcast over the loudspeakers of the mosques in the area.” Barnabas Fund reported that enraged Muslims severely beat the little girl and members of her family, and torched the houses of two Christian families.

Most of the Christians in the area had to flee their homes and hide in the woods, since what passed for Friday prayers at the mosques was a pep talk against Christians by the imams. It ended with Muslims taking an oath to drive the Christians out of the area. Barnabas Fund reveals that Muslim shopkeepers vowed not to sell food and other essentials to Christians and that Muslim landlords would end tenancy agreements with them.

Rimsha was arrested under Section 295-B of Pakistan’s Penal Code which stipulates that desecration of the Koran must be punished with life in prison. She is in a maximum-security jail. It is no surprise that she is reported to be extremely traumatized by what she has been through. In spite of the trauma, though, Rimsha and her family are safer under protective custody. The imam of the local mosque called for her to be handed over to the mob and publicly burned. As unbelievable as that sounds, consider that just the month before, on July 4, such a mob dragged out of police custody a mentally-deficient Muslim man accused of blasphemy and burned him alive.

Attorney Naveed has been courageous to take the case to defend Rimsha. Attorneys before him who have defended Christians accused of blasphemy have been assassinated. He has also been courageous in his persistence in demonstrating both the falseness and irrationality of the charges. According to the Compass Direct report, Naveed “hinted that the blasphemy accusations against Rimsha may have been motivated partly by overtures toward her older sister being rebuffed.”

This would not be unusual. Christians and Muslims alike have been accused of blasphemy over land or other property disputes, business matters, and any kind of personal grudges. Christians in particular have been targeted for refusing attempts to force them to renounce their faith and convert to Islam, for protesting against the rape of their daughters (or sons), or for having the temerity of wanting to eat ice cream out of the same bowls used by Muslims.

In Rimsha’s case, the complaint against her was registered by a man named Malik Ammad, the son-in-law of the Masih family’s landlord. Naveed informed Compass Direct that Rimsha’s family told him that the man “had made several attempts to ‘befriend’ Rimsha’s older sister but had been unsuccessful.” This is just one more hardship of Christians in Pakistan. Christian girls are routinely abducted, raped, and forced to convert to Islam. In addition, Christian girls, particularly the daughters of pastors, are considered by Islamists to be trophies of jihad.

Hearteningly, many prominent Muslim groups, including the country’s leading body of Muslim clerics, have joined in the call for Rimsha’s release and for prosecution against those who falsely accused her. Allama Tahir Ashrafi, the chairman of the All Pakistan Ulema Council (APUC), condemned the mobs that regularly accuse people of blasphemy. He said it was it was like the “law of the jungle”, and called for the government to “make this case an example so that nobody will dare misuse the blasphemy law in future.” The Muslim groups have also spoken up for the other Christians who were forced to flee, asking the government to protect them and saying, “This is inhuman that those who have nothing to do with the case or are not a party to it are also being harassed.”

Attorney Naveed worked masterfully to overturn the blasphemy case. The case against Rimsha is based on “willful desecration of the Koran,” but the girl is both “too young and too mentally incapable” of intentional desecration, he said. A medical board supported Naveed’s claim that Rimsha was both a minor and “that her mental age is not compatible with her physical age.” But just as it seemed that her case would probably be transferred to a juvenile court, and that rational thinking would overrule the irrationality of the mob, Compass Direct reported that the prosecutor in the case made veiled hints that there would be violence if Rimsha was freed.

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  • SKIP

    Blasphemy laws have NOTHING to do with anything, muslims in muslim countries can and will do violence agains non muslims until there are no non muslims in their country. WHY don't the Christians and other non muslims get weapons and start shooting at the first sight of crowds of muslims heading their way? If the non muslims know they are going to be murdered WTF not take out a bunch of muslims too.

    • Sameer

      the girl you are seeing my friend is to even ramsha masih, it something they want you to see

    • Huck Folder

      Where's Sclomotion?

  • Sunbeam

    Thus we see here the danger of man misusing and using religion to their advantage to serve their purpose. These religion sharia law have too many loopholes. It causes more harm than to protect. Where are their minds? Can't they think for themselves which is right or which is wrong? Where are their conscience? God has given each of us a conscience? Why don't they use it and think? What's the brain for? Or perhaps they do not have brains? What is the mob doing and calling for? They're easily played by incitement. Too bad!

    • warpmine

      Problem with these populations is the high concentration of inbreeding has greatly diminished their mental capacity.
      It's very unfortunate but a fact that everyone is living with. With that said don't expect logical thought processes from these barbarians.

    • sameer

      the girl you are seeing my friend is to even ramsha masih, it something they want you to see

  • Allah Ditta Khan

    Free Rishma and hand this bloody liar Mullah who made innocent girls life hell. Judges in Pakistan are corrupt and are under the influence of Mullahs . They don't have the courage to deliver Justice in Pakistan, Shame on Them . Killer Qadri is still enjoying A class in the prison. Why he is still alive despite that fact that he has given death sentence by the court . Come on people Mullah is enemy of Pakistan. Send them back to Breli and Deoband where they belong to and where their roots are.

    • sameer

      brother, do you really think that pakistan justice is under the control of Mullah. :) I dont think you know pakistan.

  • Mo_

    What sort of a "religion" teaches that jailing or killing a mentally disabled child is moral? What sort of people follow such a religion?

    And yet Muslims continue to do so.

    This speaks volumes, doesn't it?

    • BS77

      It isn't a religion….it's a hideous ideology that has more in common with mental illness than spirituality. Pakistan, along with many other similar nations, like Sudan or Afhganistan, shows the effects of this terrible malady.

    • warpmine

      What sort of people you ask? Those that are mentally diminished from inbreeding. You just cannot expect logic from those without a capacity to understand it. The devil is in the details but in this case he's laced through the entire book.

    • sameer

      My friend this is not Ramsha Masih, this is just being portrayed for people to be against pakistan. you search google. the original photos you can see her face even and by body you can know that she is not a child… I request you to please search

  • smartermom

    There are many things wrong with many religions as they all follow like sheep over a cliff with no clear thinking or using their brains, perhaps they are born mentally ill in such a way that they cannot think for themselves, they have no common sense to realize that all religious texts were written by men who thought they were receiving messages form what ever god they choose while instead they were merely hearing voices in their heads. Yes some books( texts) have the right idea about how humans should live together here and there but why can't everyone live buy the rules of humanity .That being good and helpful to one another , treating others as you want to be treated and do what you will as long as it causes no harm to another in any way. But too many have these ideas in them that make one kind of person better than another just by their thinking alone. Therefore giving them an excuse to treat others in not just rude or normally wrong but in horrific ways. What are these god that call for the blood of innocent human beings.

    • Mel

      Smartmom.

      Not all religions are the same. Very few (if any) espouse the kind of cruel violence that radical Islam does. Nor would you escape from the difficulties you describe by living (as you put it) by "the rules of humanity". There will always be the question: "Whose rules"? Which group of "humanity" will dictate which ethical standards will apply? Avoiding religion has never solved the problem. In every nation where this has been tried, it has been a disaster! Stalin, Mao Tse Tung, Pol Pot, Mengistu, and countless others attempted to set up rational and logical "rules of humanity" with catastrophic consequences. If one wishes to live in a state where there is no religion, just go to North Korea. Nor do current standards of western secular humanism solve the problem. Look at the way our "enlightened" elite treat the living, and very innocent unborn child. Through sophistry and psychological manipulation, western elites have created a mindset in our society where there is no restraint in the "horrific ways" in which the lives of millions of unborn children are terminated.

      • Mel

        We can (and should) condemn the Pakistan mobs and the imams who incite them for the dreadful cruelty being waged against this innocent mentally disabled child. But western secular society does not hold the moral high ground. We simply kill these same mentally disabled children in the womb. Over 90 per cent of Down's Syndrome children are intentionally killed before birth.

        No the solution is to recognize that there are vast differences from one religion to the next. True Christianity teaches love, righteousness and justice for all including the disabled and unborn). Other religions, like radical Islam (and others that have plagued humanity throughout history — not to mention many current esoteric cults) promote greed and the acquisition of power through deception, violence, and other evils.

  • Samuel

    Yes, very sad. But it's a huge LIE. This picture was taken on April 7, 2006, more than 6 years ago. Then the girl in the picture was in a temporary primary school in Balakot, due the earthquake that destroyed that town. It seems that we shouldn't belive any of the news that media publish. http://www.flickr.com/photos/maciejdakowicz/15707

    • Faith

      Samuel, the photo, which has been used by various human rights groups as well as the media, is just a representation of young Pakistani girl since it is too dangerous to use a photo of the real Rimsha Masih indiscriminately. That does not negate the truth of what has happened to her, or the monstrousness of the Blasphemy Laws. I even fear with all the photos of attorney Naveed that are being published, that he is in even more danger than he already is for helping Rimsha.

    • jijo

      The image is arepresentative picture of an 11 year old girl form Pakistan and is not an actual image of Rimsha Masih, who we are protecting from Public scrutiny

    • semal

      strange that media has used a "fake" photo to protect one girl while putting in danger life of another innocent girl. How does this make sense?

  • smaartermom

    Part 2
    These ideas are stone age and barbaric . Where have we grown on the evolutionary scale. Even animals grow at some point. are we not supposed to be at the top of the thinking scale. Common sense leaves when religion prevails. Perhaps there should be no mosques,churches or other meeting places and people should quietly at home give thanks for what they have to which ever they choose to worship. My youngest once said. I do not believe in any gods because if there was why do they allow people to be so stupid and not take away the suffering of the innocent..but just in case I might be wrong I will say than you to all of them quietly at home rather than to be brain washed in a crowd that tries to steal my own senses as I know what is right and wrong. I have a brain .it tells me I should try to be good and help others and forget those who try to tear me down. I think at times he is a wise old man..till he put on his skater shoes and tries to do something impossible without pads and protection…then I just see my wonderful but mouthy sometimes teen…who is still smarter than many adults..!!!

  • watsa46

    The barbarian Imam who set-up this atrocity should be put to death because if he had had his way she would have been killed.
    The Western mass media keep colluding with the enemy of humanity.

  • Stuart Parsons

    I've said it before and I'll say it again. SUCH IS THE EVIL NATURE OF ISLAM.

    • noumanbhatti

      Stuart with due respect don't put this on islam. I'm sure if u use Google u can find countless barbaric incidents with in your religion.

      This is an act of one sick mind don't put it on religion

      • Kufar Dawg

        LOL. I'm sure if you "use Google" you won't — at least not in the 21st century. Wanna bet on it?

        • noumanbhatti

          u can laugh as much u want .. but plz try to remember the most recent example for norway .. and see the reason of it too

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            I don't see many links in your comment, could it be you were wrong?

          • noumanbhatti

            Roger seriously r u that innocent?? or faking it

            or u live in jungle u don't have any idea what going on in this world when it turned into global village???

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            Seriously, are you that innocent? Or are you just a muslim friendly troll faking it?

            I still see nothing to show you are right, all these claims without evidence are just hot air. http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2012/09/04/obama-at

            Yes, we have a president of muslim heritage that hates Israel and betrays it. And of course finds excuses to help Iran.
            http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/08/2

          • Kufar Dawg

            Breivik wasn't Christian liar.

    • Littlesister

      Such is the EVIL NATURE OF PEOPLE, rather than religion (Islam). I am an atheist. Normally I don't no announce my religious beliefs as it is not relevant. However for this comment I believe it necessary to avoid the "appearance" of favouring or defending religions especially, their respective "rules and or laws". People ultimately decide by making a conscious choice based on their morality. Morality is not religion. Religion can only be used to do harm if people choose to use religious laws, rules and or words to promote hatred and cruelty. Hitting women, having slaves, selling off children are a few of many atrocities that have been practiced by all religions around the world throughout time. Yet we found individuals living under those rules that never beat their wives, kept slaves or sold their children. The reason for this is because they were moral people. This story is a fine example, as some Muslims speak out to defend this young child. I believe the Muslims speaking in defence of this child are "real" Muslims with reason and bravery that follow their continence.
      As an atheist I am constantly confused by a group of people that believe in an omnipotent God that requires mortal beings (people) to enforce their laws/rules or protect their religion??? I'm just saying, have faith in your respective God's to kill and flog;-)

      • Kufar Dawg

        Neither Yeshua nor any of his disciples owned slaves, neither did Buddha, but Muhammad did. Go stuff yourself liar.

  • Ghostwriter

    It's sad that stuff like this happens.

    • Kufar Dawg

      What's worse is that it's spreading, all over the world, like a cancer.

  • Mel

    Keep up the good work Faith. And lets all keep praying for Rimsha and others like her.

    Jesus said (to the apostle Paul) "…My strength is made perfect in weakness". Its difficult to imagine anyone more weak than a young Christian mentally disabled girl in Pakistan….especially when compared with the might of Islam's petro dollar funded imams and their meg wealthy elitist allies in the west. Yet already this "weakness" has removed blinders and exposed what radical Islam truly is to a lethargic and uncaring world — including the irrational barbarity; the willful deception; and callous cruelty that fuels radical Islam's violent nature. Even the mainstream media is having difficulty spinning all this evil away. Let us all pray that God's power will be revealed in a perfect way through the weakness of this innocent and precious child.

  • Anamah

    Barbaric people act in horrific ways… Despicable civilizations this part of the world, so eager to act with such level of ignorance, hate and cruelty. Really those are lost civilizations living in the Bronze Age with no moral sentiment or uninterested for love of truth knowledge.

  • Schlomotion

    The above photograph is not a person with Down's Syndrome.

    • Kufar Dawg

      Duh, as others have pointed out Schlo-mind, no one dares publish an actual picture of the girl in question because then she would become the target of your islamofascist brethren the world over — kinda like Salman Rushdie.

      • Schlomotion

        I disagree, because Muslims all over the world hate Benjamin Netanyahu and his mental faculty is always in question. People publish his photo all the time.

        • Kufar Dawg

          Netanyahu has his own personal detachment of state funded bodyguards. This Pakistani girl doesn't, nor does Salman Rushdie.

          • Schlomotion

            Yes? Are you fascinated by Salman Rushdie? Have you read all his books?

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            Are you fascinated with Neda, have you read her books?

            islam has been hard on women and other victims for quite some time. The fact Salmon disagrees and exposes it does not warrant a death sentence, unless islam is the evil he says it is.

            Even then, it only shows that he's right and that it can't stand the light of day.

  • noumanbhatti

    The picture used with this news is not of Rimsha .. it's from 2005 earthquake :@

    Media should be sensible in sensitive matters

    • Kufar Dawg

      This point has already been addressed. Or are you merely throwing out spurious objections?

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

        It's all they have.

  • LindaRivera

    Why are Pakistanis throwing away 100s of Korans into sewage filled canal? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69VIER7nzz8

    Pakistani Muslims are despicable hypocrites. They reveal zero respect for their Koran but love to LIE about innocents who they “claim” damaged a Koran. Devout, Koran-obedient Muslims are consumed with satanic blood-lust and violently attack non-Muslim innocents claiming they have damaged a Koran – something non-Muslim innocents are not even guilty of. The Muslims don't care that Christians and others never committed the deed they are accused of; they want only to satisfy their insatiable lust for blood.

    NOT ONE MORE INFIDEL DOLLAR TO PAKISTAN!

  • LindaRivera

    Many millions of Islam's foot soldiers and huge numbers of Pakistanis have been imported into our countries. Once Muslims reach a certain number, the same satanic atrocities and murders of non-Muslims will take place in our countries.

    Our countries are massively betrayed by our leaders! The Quran teaches hate, violence and murder of non-Muslims and commands Muslims to wage jihad against us hated non-Muslims and conquer our countries!

  • ahmer

    she is not rimsha mashi that its fake photo that girl earthquake victim