ISLAMABAD – Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, a non-government organisation working for improvement of human rights in country, on Thursday, appealed to the President and Prime Minister to take notice of plight of 11-year-old Christian girl accused of blasphemy and secure her release as soon as possible.

In a letter written sent to office of President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Thursday morning, HRCP requested them to take bold step and release the girl, who was reportedly suffering from syndrome disease, using their high powers and take steps to ensure safety of Christians in Pakistan.

The letter sent to the President and Prime Minister states that, Rimsha, an 11-year old Christian girl was, arrested from Mehraabad, on the outskirts of Islamabad on the charge of blasphemy on August 16 and sent to Adyala jail in Rawalpindi on a 14-day remand.

She is accused of burning pages of Holy Quran. According to some reports she was carrying a shopping bag to dispose of used pages when she was stopped by someone who asked her to show what she was carrying. Burnt pages of Holy Quran were allegedly found in the bag. Local clerics alerted. A charged mob gathered outside the Rimsha’s house soon after. According to the police, the minor girl has been taken into protective custody for her own safety. Rimsha’s family and other Christians have fled from the area in order to save their lives.

Rimsha suffers from Down’s syndrome, stated the letter sent to the offices of President Asif Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf.

“The charge of blasphemy against a minor Christian girl who is seriously unwell is beyond comprehension,” stated the letter sent to Prime Minister and President on Thursday.

It is important to mention here that Amnesty International has already urged Pakistan to reform its blasphemy laws and protect the minor girl Rimsha Masih, an 11-year-old accused of blasphemy.

Arrest of little Christian girl prompted Polly Truscott, Amnesty International’s South Asia director, to state that the case showed the “erosion of the rule of law” in Pakistan and the dangers faced by those accused of blasphemy.

“Amnesty International is extremely concerned for Rimsha’s safety. In the recent past, individuals accused of blasphemy have been killed by members of the public,” Truscott said in a statement issued late Tuesday.

The capital police on Wednesday submitted a report to the president regarding alleged involvement of a minor girl in burning of some religious stuff.

The report was prepared by a senior police officer, which stated that locals witnessed the girl carrying the burnt stuff in a shopper. This is not the first time in Pakistan that a charge of blasphemy has been followed by intimidation and mobs trying to take matters into their own hands. Blasphemy laws have been misused against religious minorities and unfounded allegations have led to violent attacks against them causing not only loss of life and property but also great fear and intimidation.

Following Rimsha, large number of Christian families has fled the area. Christian families left Meharabadi on the night of 17th August 2012 when locals of village Mehrabad gathered outside their home and forced them to leave.