Letter From A Dispairing Father
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 can 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 local and international media, watched carefully by all the politicians here:
Pakistan court postpones bail decision for girl accused of burning Quran (CNN)
Father of Pakistani Christian ‘blasphemer’ girl appeals to President (Telegraph)
Pakistan blasphemy case Christian girl ‘is 14’ (BBC)
Pakistani Muslim leaders support Christian girl accused of blasphemy (Guardian)
Pakistani Christians, fearing backlash, flee community after girl is accused of blasphemy (Washington Post)
Pakistani president wades into ‘Down’s Syndrome’ blasphemy case (Christian Science Monitor)
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