Dangerous developments for Rimsha Masih

Friday, October 5, 2012
 | 
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

A human rights activist says the new developments in the case of the 14-year-old Pakistani girl accused of blasphemy are not good.

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.

Buwalda, Ann (Jubilee Campaign)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 testimony."

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 Rimsha."

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.

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Which entities do you feel can have the greatest impact for positive change in American culture?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Official: Deaths reported, dozens hospitalized after tornado
At 100 days in, Trump seems both outsider and insider
Le Pen visits French factory, Macron wins ally before runoff
Turkey threatens further strikes on US-allied Syrian Kurds
Famed Swiss climber Ueli Steck killed near Mt. Everest
Trump says China pressuring North Korea on missile, nukes
1 dead amid flooding, strong thunderstorms in Midwest

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Host blasts absent Trump at White House Correspondents' Dinner
Trump: 'I will not be happy' if N. Korea triggers nuke
2 low marks on Trump's spectacular immigration scorecard
Trump open to making huge change to the Senate — this would be a game-changer
Trump ridicules media at Pa. rally: 'They deserve a big, fat failing grade'

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
Keeping the faith in North Korea

A new book authored by Eric Foley of Seoul USA chronicles three generations of one family who kept the faith in spite of North Korea's hostile and deadly approach to Christianity among its citizens.