Some Muslim leaders call for leniency for Christian girl accused of blasphemy
August 31, 2012
Several Muslim leaders in Pakistan are calling for leniency for Rimsha Masih, a medically handicapped Christian girl who has been imprisoned on blasphemy charges.
“In order to prove the charges against a minor, Islam prescribes a different procedure than that required for a mature person,” said Pir Shafaat Rasool, head of an Islamic madrasah (school) in Lahore. “Instead of inflicting punishment, Islam should teach and guide a child with love and sympathy, if he [or] she commits an error. Therefore, in my opinion, Rimsha must be released immediately.”
- Muslim leaders: "Rimsha must be released, the sharia says it" (Fides)
- Islamic lawyers press for blasphemy trial for handicapped Pakistani girl (CWN, 8/30)