It doesn’t matter what religion this girl is. It is doubtful she can comprehend the difference between ‘Christian’ and ‘Muslim’.  She has Downs Syndrome.  I would like the Pakistani authorities to ask how a Special Needs child managed to get hold of a Koran (intact or otherwise) in the first place? Was it a set-up? I thank God I live in a country where freedom of speech, and freedom of belief, allows me to ask such questions.


The following is copied from the Avaaz website, where you can sign the petition to set Rimsha free:


‘Posted: 27 August  2012
This is a message from Misrek Masih, of Islamabad, Pakistan. 

Last week an enraged crowd threatened to burn my daughter alive, and in 48 hours a judge will decide whether she goes free or stays in jail. Rimsha is a minor with mental disabilities and often isn’t in control of her actions. Yet local police here in Pakistan have charged her with desecrating the Koran, and we are afraid for her life.

Right now she is being held in a maximum-security jail, and in hours, she will face the court under Pakistan’s anti-blasphemy laws, which carry the death sentence. We are a poor Christian family, witnessing mob fury over my daughter’s case, and many other families have faced similar intimidation forcing them to either flee or live in fear. But the international attention on Rimsha’s case has emboldened Pakistani Muslim leaders to speak out against this injustice and forced President Zardari’s attention.

Please help me keep up the global outcry on my daughter’s case. I urge you to sign my petition to President Zardari to save Rimsha and demand protection for us and other vulnerable minority families. Avaaz will share this campaign with the local and international media, watched carefully by all the politicians here. ‘


Click the link to sign the petition: