Pakistan Jails Christian Teenager over Blasphemy

Posted on | augustus 20, 2012 | 1 Comment

Asif Ali Zardari

Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, President of Pakistan,

Re: Pakistan Jails Christian Teenager over Blasphemy

Dear President of Pakistan,

I am William Nicholas Gomes, Human Rights Ambassador for

I have been informed by prominent journalist Stefan J. Bos of BosNewsLife Asia Service with reporting and Pakistan Christian post that Pakistani authorities have detained a 13-year-old Christian girl in the capital Islamabad because she allegedly burned the Koran, viewed as a holy book by Muslims, an advocacy official told BosNewsLife Friday, August 17.

“Ramisha, a resident of Islambad’s slum area Meherabadi, was sent to the [nearby] Adiala Jail,” said Farrukh H. Saif, executive director of Pakistan-based rights group World Vision In Progress.

“A Local Muslim, Muhammad Amjid, filed a complaint in Ramna Police station that she had burned the Koran,” added Saif, whose organization provides legal aid to the girl and her family.

He said police soon detained Ramisha, under controversial blasphemy legislation that has been criticized by the West. She was only identified by her first name, amid apparent security concerns.

It came shortly after Muslims found a torched Koran Friday, August 17, in Meherabadi, an impoverished neighborhood of some 2,000 Christians, he added. “The Muslims accused the Christians that they had burned Koran and those Muslims announced the incident in all the mosques” around Friday prayers, Saif said.

According to Pakistan Christian post , 11 years old mentally retarded Christian girl named Ramisha Bibi daughter of Misrak Masih, resident of Meherabadi in D-11 Islamabad was arrested under Section 295 B PPC of blasphemy laws by Ramna Police Station on August 17, 2012.

Meherabadi is slum area in Sector G-11 of capital city of Islamabad where Christian working as sanitary workers or Christian women working as housemaids in homes of high profile Muslim officials are living from decades alongside Muslim laborers.

Misrak Masih resident of Meherabadi slum was unable to have treatment of her mentally ill daughter Ramisha who was not used to play with other children in streets, kept roaming in vicinity when her parents were left for daily work.

According to some Muslims living in vicinity of Meherabadi, they saw Ramisha burning pages of Quran (Holy Book of Muslims) on which they called other Muslims and announced to burn homes of Christians if Ramisha was not punished by administration after till Friday Prayers.

Mohamad Amjid, a local resident was assigned by Muslim mob gathered after incident to approach Ramna Police Station and file charges against blasphemer 11 years old mentally retarded girl Ramisha on burning pages of Quran.


“Now almost 5000 Muslims have surrounded that area and the lives of the Christians is in danger,” Saif claimed. He said he had urged Christian supporters “to please pray” for fellow believers in Pakistan to ensure that “God may protect them from any mishap.”

It was not clear Friday what Ramisha’s role, if any, was in the burning incident.

Officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Rights groups have expressed concern that throughout Pakistan, thousands of children are locked inside police cells or overcrowded jails. They say the children are victims of a justice system that treats the very young much the same as adults.

Kids as young as seven can spend years behind bars – before the courts have even decided if they are innocent or guilty, according to observers familiar with the case.


“We estimate that there are as many as 4,500 juveniles in Pakistani prisons,” said Ansar Burney Trust, an advocacy group supporting various projects in Pakistan and abroad.

“These include children who are awaiting trial, those already sentenced and even those who were born into imprisonment; with no fault of their own but because their own mothers were prisoners there,” the group added in a statement monitored by BosNewsLife.

There has also been pressure on Christians in prison to convert to Islam, activists and Christians say.

Several have been detained on “blasphemy against Islam” charges, including Asia Bibi, a mother of five. Bibi, who was sentenced to death and still awaits her appeal, has been behind bars since June, 2009.

Christians comprise less than 5 percent of Pakistan’s heavily Muslim population of 190 million people, according to the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

I urge you to immediately release Ramisha.

AUTHOR: William Nicholas Gomes
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One Response to “Pakistan Jails Christian Teenager over Blasphemy”

  1. piss on koran and fuck all muslim
    augustus 26th, 2012 @ 01:26


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