Human Rights Commission of Pakistan condemns blasphemy charge against Christian minor
Karachi: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has strongly condemned the charge of blasphemy against an 11-year-old Christian girl, residing in the village of Golra near Islamabad.
“The fact that the girl is a juvenile and suffers from Down’s syndrome only makes the charge more preposterous and barbaric. It is also extremely disturbing to note that the police allowed a mob to surround the police station and demand that she be handed over,” HRCP Chairperson Zohra Yusuf said in the statement.
“The spread of extremism and the authorities’ preference for appeasing charged mobs, rather than taking the correct and lawful course, should make those in power as well as other political forces take serious note. It is deplorable that the country’s political leadership refrains from speaking out against extremism and the injustices towards non-Muslims.”
Yusuf urged the authorities concerned to immediately release the girl and provide foolproof protection to her family and the frightened Christian community in Golra.
According to reports, President Asif Ali Zardari has taken notice of the incident and called for a report within 24 hours. He has also directed the authorities concerned to protect the life and property of everyone.
Quoting the president, his spokesperson Farhatullah Babar said no one would be allowed to misuse the blasphemy law for settling personal scores.