There have been countless protests outside the Pakistan Embassy in London, on Wednesday 22 August it was no different. People gathered to demonstrate against the arrest of Rimsha Masih, an 11 year old girl with down syndrome. She allegedly burnt pages from the Koran, last week, five thousand miles away in the predominantly Christian village of Mera Jaffar, in Islamabhad. She is currently being held in a juvenile detention facility.
She’s been held under the country’s strict blasphemy laws, where anyone found guilty of descecrating the Koran can be jailed for life.
In London people of all faiths showed their support for the family of the young child, including Muslims who described many of Pakistan’s laws as outdated.
Human Rights activitsts are calling for her immediate release.
Pukaar News has tried on several occasions to contact the Pakistani High Commission about the Rimsha Masih case, but they have refused to comment.