Saturday, August 25, 2012

Rimsha Masih

Locked house of Rimsha, 11, a Christian girl who has been arrested on blasphemy charge

The British Christian Pakistani Association are leading the protests in the United Kingdom to free Rimsha Masih, the Christian girl  aged 11 years with Down Syndrome 

She has been arrested on blasphemy charges in Pakistan, accused of burning pages inscribed with verses from the Koran, She is still in custody in one of Pakistan`s adult prisons.

The blasphemy charges can carry the death penalty

Pakistan prisons are known for their harsh conditions, poor food & hygiene and ill treatment of prisoners

She is now in the hands of a judicial system which recently convicted  a Pakistani doctor who helped the Central Intelligence Agency pin down Osama bin Laden’s location. He was convicted of treason and sentenced to 33 years in prison

In May 2012 our Prime Minister Mr Cameron met with the Prime Minister of Pakistan to conclude a series of bilateral agreements on trade and education

One of the  purposes of the accords was "Bringing children together" bewteen the two nations, 

Included in the scheme is  a project which 
"provides protective environments to encourage sports participation for girls and for young people living with disabilities. The aspiration is for at least one million children and young people in Pakistan to have access to high-quality and inclusive PE and sport" (emphasis added)

Unfortunately one 11 year old girl will be unable to take advantage of the scheme as she will be in prison.

Both Father Ray of Brighton and Father T. Finigan – The hermeneutic of continuity have posts on this very disturbing subject

Ooberfuse, a London-based electro-pop band, featuring Wizard MC from the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA), has released Turn the Tide, a song in protest against the treatment and detention of Rimsha