Protect Pakistani girl against blasphemy charges

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Charlie Butts (

Open Doors USA has launched a campaign to obtain help for a Pakistani Christian girl accused of blasphemy.

Rimsha Masih, who is 11 to 14 years old and mentally challenged, was accused of blasphemy and jailed for three weeks until an imam was arrested for allegedly planting evidence to make authorities think she had desecrated the Koran. Authorities flew her to a secret location for her own protection and there is hope she will be reunited with her family, but the blasphemy charges remain on the books.

Open Doors USA spokesman Jerry Dykstra tells OneNewsNow Americans are being challenged to help.

"What we want to do, and Open Doors has started doing this, is we want to send a letter to the Pakistani ambassador to the United States, and we're asking Pakistan to protect Rimsha and insure justice for her and for her family," he explains.

Plus Rimsha and her family are likely never to be able to return home and will have to relocate. Dykstra urges people to go to the Open Doors website and send e-mail to the ambassador.

"And we need to word it nicely, and we need to just make them understand that this is not acceptable in the world we live in today," he says.

In addition, a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, is in prison under the death penalty on charges of blasphemy, although the sentence is under appeal.

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