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Was Risha Mashir framed by Islamist bigots: Pakistan’s anti-human blasphemy laws

by | 2nd, September 2012

RISHA Mashir is 11. Other reports say she is 14. She’s a Christian girl living in Umara Jaffar, Pakistan. If that were not hard enough, Risha Mashir has Downs Syndrome. She’s an easy target. And she’s under arrest, alleged to have burned pages from an Arabic textbook which contained passages from the Koran. Risha Mashir is in Adiala Jail, a prison in Rawalpindi. Is a court finds her guilty of blasphemy, Risha Mashir will be sentenced to life imprisonment.

Under the law, section 295c of the country’s penal code, those accused of blaspheming against the Prophet Mohammed may be sentenced to death or life imprisonment. They are fined in addition.

Was she framed?

Risha’s plight began when someone reported seeing her carrying a shopping bag. They said she threw it away. They said that inside the bag were ten partially-burned pages of the Noorani Qaida, a primer for pupils studying Arabic and the Koran.

Alsyed Muhammad Ummad called the police.

Rashir Mashir was arrested. Her family say they were beaten. Angry heads demanded justice. They wanted Rashir to pay. Christian have fled the area in fear for their lives.

No-one asked why Alsyed Muhammad Ummad looked inside the bag.

Only now Pakistan police have

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