Dangerous developments for Rimsha Masih

Friday, October 5, 2012
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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.

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