Burney for release of 11-year-old Christian girl
ISLAMABAD: The Chairman of Ansar Burney Trust International, Ansar Burney, has demanded immediate release of an 11-year-old mentally-ill Christian girl Rimsha Masih, arrested on false blasphemy charges and illegally arrested by the Islamabad Police for allegedly burning pages of a Noorani Qaida.
He said the complaint against an innocent girl was filed by Maulana Alsyed Muhammad Ummad.
Ansar Burney said that the Ramna Police Station in Islamabad arrested an innocent girl, named Rifta Masih alias Rimsha, a down syndrome girl, on false charges of burning a Noorani Qaida on August 16 and threw it in garbage after putting it in a plastic bag. Rimsha Masih belonged to the rural area of Mehrabadi, which is near the G-11 Sector of Islamabad.
He said that soon after such a report, the area people had gathered to lodge their protest. The protesters also beat up the mentally ill
11-year-old girl and her mother, while the rest of the girl’s family managed to escape. The girl has been sent to a juvenile jail on judicial remand. Ansar Burney said that Rimsha has down syndrome and was falsely accused of burning 10 pages of the Noorani Qaida.
Ansar Burney said that scores of Pakistanis had been harassed and implicated in such false cases instituted by misusing the country’s blasphemy laws.