A human rights activist says the new developments in the case of
the 14-year-old Pakistani girl accused of blasphemy are not
When Rimsha Masih, a mentally challenged and illiterate girl,
was accused by a Muslim cleric of desecrating pages of the Koran,
four witnesses were produced to claim that the cleric actually
planted the evidence on the girl (see earlier story). He was then arrested, and
the girl was taken into hiding.
But Ann Buwalda of the Jubilee
Campaign tells OneNewsNow the situation has changed.
"The most recent information we have is that three of the four
witnesses have recanted their statements that they saw the cleric
plant the evidence," Buwalda relays. "What this essentially means
is that pressure has been placed on the witnesses to recant their
She goes on to explain that this witness tampering has created a
dangerous situation for the Christian girl.
"In order to show one's innocence on a blasphemy claim,
especially for a Christian female, you need four male Muslim
witnesses. Rimsha is down to one -- one witness left," the Jubilee
Campaign spokesman laments. "Who knows if that witness will hold up
under pressure? So the evidence is now again stacked against
That will likely affect her case, adds Buwalda. The Jubilee
Campaign remains concerned about the girl's safety and believes the
only sure protection for her is to leave the country.
Meanwhile, Buwalda urges international prayer.