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November 20, 2012

Thank You for Praying! - Rimsha Masih Acquitted on Blasphemy Charges

Good news for Rimsha Masih today as it's being reported by CBN News that she has been acquitted of blasphemy charges after a Muslim cleric accused her of burning the Islamic holy book. In which the  cleric was later accused of fabricating evidence.

Rimsha is reported to have Downs Syndrome and was exonerated for lack of evidence.  All charges were dismissed.

Tribune.com adds additional details about this verdict.

Screen Shot 2012-11-20 at 3.39.01 PMIHC Chief Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman on Tuesday quashed a First Information Report (FIR) against Rimsha and gave a detailed 15-page judgment declaring the girl innocent. “Being Muslims, we should be extraordinarily careful while levelling such allegations against each other and non-Muslim communities too,” he observed.

Hearing the petition filed by Rimsha seeking cancellation of an FIR against her, the chief justice observed that a prudent man in society would never bother to inquire from anyone – specially a minor girl – what she was carrying in a polythene bag or what she intended to do with it. “Therefore it manifests that the complainant had some ulterior motive to manoeuvre the expulsion of the Christian community from the vicinity. Therefore the mala fide on part of the complainant is apparent from the facts and circumstances of the case,” he stated.

 

Rimsha’s lawyer Akmal Bhatti told reporters after the proceedings that the court had quashed the case and declared his client “innocent”.

Rimsha, believed to be no older than 14, was accused of burning pages from a noorani qaida (elementary religious book with verses of the Holy Quran) — a move that led to global condemnation and concerns about the rights of religious minorities in Pakistan.

 

 

Thank you to all of you who prayed for Rimsha and her family. Please continue your prayers for their safety and rejoice with them for what God has done.