» 08/19/2012, 00.00
An 11-year-old disabled Christian girl arrested for blasphemy, 300 families flee
The girl is accused of burning pages from a booklet used to teach Arabic and the Qur'an. Under the Pakistan Penal Code, she could get life in prison. Police saved her from an enraged mob that tried to kill her, but more than 300 families fled their homes fearing more violence. Paul Bhatti calls for calm.
Pakistan, Rimsha Masih bail hearing adjourned
The Islamabad court will decide on bail for disabled Christian girl accused of blasphemy on September 3. The National Commission for Justice and Peace reopens the debate on education in Pakistan and denounces: in Punjab and Sindh 2012-2013, textbooks filled with hatred and false history against Hindus, Christians and people of India.
Pakistani Christians happy about Rimsha Masih verdict, Islamists talk about "manipulation"
For the bishop of Islamabad, the ruling is a "great development." Now a law to end blasphemy abuses is needed. A Lahore priest sees the decision as a legal milestone. Islamists however are angered, blaming the government for putting pressures on the court.
29/08/2012 PAKISTAN - ITALY
As Rimsha Masih waits for her fate to be decided, Christian activists campaign for her release
Islamabad court will decide on lawyers' application for release. The opinion of a medical commission that examined the girl will be decisive. Its findings indicate that she is a minor with unspecified mental challenges. Hundreds of people sign a petition for her release sponsored by a Pakistani association in Italy.
07/09/2012 PAKISTAN - ITALY
"I am very happy for my daughter's liberation," Rimsha Masih's father tells AsiaNews
In an interview with the family of the girl accused of blasphemy, who was released today on bail, Misrek Masih said, "my world collapsed. I was scared." He thanks APMA activists for their work. Faith in Jesus helped him find hope. Paul Bhatti thanks his brother Shabbaz for showing "me the path to follow."
Rimsha Masih trial postponed until 17 October, the three witnesses against imam retract
The judge postpones hearing because of prosecution lawyer's absence. Despite her innocence, the disabled Christian girl is still on trial for blasphemy. The witnesses who said the evidence against the girl had been tampered have now retracted their original statement. They claim they were tortured and pressured to testify against Khalid Jadoon Chishti.
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