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Court extends Rimsha Masih's remand

- August 31, 2012 - Updated 950 PKT - From Web Edition

ISLAMABAD: The 14-year-old Christian girl, who has been charged with blasphemy after allegedly burning papers containing Quranic verses, has been sent to jail on 14-days judicial remand, Geo News reported Friday.


Rimsha Masih was presented in the judicial magistrate’s court today amid tight security.


During the hearing of the case, no lawyer appeared to represent Rimsha Masih while her family was also absent from the court.


The investigating officer told the court that investigation from Rimsha has not yet concluded, therefore, he pleaded for more time.


The court extended her remand for 14 days and instructed the officer to present the challan as early as possible.


On Thursday, questions were raised about girl’s age and whether she was mentally impaired or not.


Additional and District Session judge Jawad Abbas heard the case and delayed a bail hearing after a lawyer challenged a medical report putting the girl’s age at 14.


The judge said that the hearing would be conducted on Saturday while he seeks clarification on how the report was conducted.


A medical report submitted Tuesday put her age at 14, which makes her a minor. But a lawyer representing the man accusing the girl of burning the Quran challenged the report.


However, the counsel for Rimsha Masih told the court that the medical was conducted by a 14 prominent doctor’s team. The strict security was taken in the premises of the court and international media, Christian community and other people were present on the occasion.


The girl belonging to the Christian community who is said to be suffering from Down Syndrome has been held since Aug 16 under the strict blasphemy laws, prompting concern from Western governments, the Vatican and rights groups.

Reader Comments
That is the real face of Islam. The politicians in non-Islamic countires tells lies to vouch for the peacefulness of Islam. Blasphemy law is often used in conjunction with their Governmenr to loot and uproot the non-Muslim minoritie of their home hearth and land . In Pakistan there are frequent reports of young girls of non-islamic minority community getting abducted and forced to marriage, and original parents cannot do anything about it.

This is what happens if you live under a theocracy.

harold lloyd
To live with peace and calm with other communities in this globel,we should not be strict enough to our religious believes,so that human rights are injured by our believes. human rights are equal for all religions.pls help me to decide whether remsha's human rights are effected or no...

mohammad azam
I think Pakistani Muslims are true Muslims because they obey their religion very nicely.May God bless them for this. Anyway they don't know what they have been doin....

United Kingdom
Why can't we all live in harmony whatever religion we follow.All religions need to move into the 21st century.suicide bombers,stoning people to death,governments killing there own people?Does this really have a place in today's modern society.

N hicks
United Kingdom

Fear more attacks on the mayanmar muslims if this girl is not released...

I do not have strong enough words for ISLAM,MUSLIMS AND PAKISTAN.LET GOD BE THE JUDGE.

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