Minor Released on Bail, Trial Awaits
(Below text taken from Be-A-Voice website.)
A young, mentally challenged girl accused of blasphemy, Rimsha Masih, was released on bail after a court hearing in Islamabad on Sept. 7. Two individuals posted bond of 500,000 rupees (over $5,000 USD) for Rimsha, promising that she would appear in court when summoned. On Sept. 8, amid stringent security measures, Rimsha was taken by helicopter to an unknown location after her release from Adiala Jail.
On Aug.16, 14-year-old Rimsha was arrested for burning papers that reportedly bore Quranic verses. Her plight attracted sharp condemnation because she is underage, illiterate and said to suffer from learning difficulties.
Witnesses later provided statements saying the prayer leader of the local mosque, Khalid Jadoon Chishti, had tampered with evidence. Chishti has since been arrested for blasphemy under suspicion that he planted the papers in a bag Rimsha used for collecting paper for fuel.
Please pray that all charges will be dropped against young Rimsha and that God will protect her and her family. Pray for justice in the case of Khalid Jadoon Chishti, and pray that his case will be an example to others who may consider abusing the blasphemy law to punish Christians.
“The proud have dug pits for me, which is not according to Your law. All Your commandments are faithful; they persecute me wrongfully; help me!” Psalm 119:85-86