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Blasphemy case: Assessment of girl’s age ordered

Published Aug 27, 2012 03:29am

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad’s duty magistrate on Sunday gave orders for assessment of age of the young girl accused of blasphemy.

The girl would be taken to the medical board of Polyclinic on Monday (today), and the district management has finalised a security plan to avoid any unpleasant situation, Dawn has learnt reliably.

According to sources, Justice Inamullah gave written instructions to the administration of Adiala Jail to give the girl to police custody, who will transport her to Polyclinic.

It is pertinent to mention that on August 25, Saturday, the administration of Adiala Jail had refused to accept orders of Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Farasat Ali Khan to hand over the girl to the medical board.

The reason given by the jail administration was that since the case was being tried in the court, only a court of law could pass orders to release the girl for medical evaluation.

The ADC had issued orders for the medical board evaluation after receiving a written application by Chaudhry Tahir, counsel of the girl.

Assistant Commissioner City Muhammad Ali, while talking to Dawn, confirmed that the duty magistrate had issued written orders to Adiala Jail administration.

“There is so much confusion about her age: some say she’s 11 years old, other say she’s 13 and those who have levelled the allegations against her claim she’s 16 years old. So it is necessary to confirm whether she’s a ‘juvenile’ or not,” he said.

“She will be shifted to Polyclinic on Monday (today) for the medical board. The district administration has been doing arrangements of strict security to avoid any unwanted situation. After medical board, she will be shifted to Adiala Jail,” he said.

Medicolegal Officer (MLO) of Polyclinic, Dr Tanveer, who is member of the medical team, said that written instructions had been received by the district management and all preparations had been done.

“There will be a five-member team, which will comprise of a radiologist, orthopaedic specialist, medical specialist and at least one lady doctor,” he said.

“For assessment of age x-rays of different bones and teeth will be done, besides her age will also be examined through physical check-up and her mental condition will also be examined,” he said.

The Christian girl was arrested by Ramna police under the blasphemy clause for allegedly burning a page of the ‘Noorani Qaeda’ on August 16 and then sent to Adiala Jail on judicial remand. FIR vide 303 under section 295-B was registered against her. Her relatives also claim that she suffers from Down’s syndrome.

Former general secretary of Islamabad District Bar Association Riasat Ali Azad while talking to Dawn said that the refusal to hand over the girl by jail administration was absolutely right because according to rules, jail administration cannot hand over any person/prisoner to anyone without seeking permission from relevant court.

“It is correct that ADC also has the powers of an Additional District Magistrate but he is holding an administrative seat so he can use that power within the city. The power does not extend to the premises of the jail,” he said.

“Since the duty magistrate has given orders for the medical board, the jail administration is bound to hand over the girl to the police,” he added.

Meanwhile, the investigation officer of the case, Sub Inspector Munir Ahmed said that he had recently received the file of the case so the investigation has not been started. He said that the case is under trial in the court of area magistrate Amir Aziz and after completion of 15 days of judicial remand, the girl will be produced in the court.

When Dawn spoke to ADC Farasat Ali Khan, he said that on Saturday he had received the application by counsel of the girl and had passed the orders. Later, he came to know that the jail administration had refused to accept his orders.

“I am in Talagang but I have been informed that on Sunday special magistrate has given orders for the medical board so the issue has been resolved,” he said.

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Comments (48) Closed

Murtuza Babrawala
Aug 27, 2012 07:28pm
I agree with that too. Some of this mobsters and extremist should be hanged publicly to create an example.
Aug 27, 2012 07:31pm
I totally agree. I dont wanna be part of the religion that these illiterate Mullahs preach.. May God give them the hidayat..
Aug 27, 2012 01:45pm
The prophet (PBUH) would be trembling with rage at this injustice in his name. If words can harm your faith, it must be very weak. Civilized society and specially Muslim society has no place for this law.
Aug 30, 2012 01:47am
Regardless of how old she is, if she could not read, then she had no idea of what she was burning. She picked the pages out of the trash. Who put them in the trash to begin with?
sattar rind
Aug 28, 2012 01:11pm
even she could not read or write ... that also be verified.
Aug 28, 2012 01:31am
So the existing paper records aren't good enough and instead the girl must be examined by a board consisting of people who will have to face mob justice if they give the "wrong" answer. Even if they are brave enough to say the girl is only eleven what guarantee is there that the girl will be saved? A similar situation existed in Saddam Hussein's Iraq, where the situation
Aug 27, 2012 02:44pm
i wonder if non muslims knew that muslims are sensitive towards their religious beliefs then why do not they teach and tell their children not to do anything which makes them(muslims) resorted to such acts.i never heard that muslims ever insulted religious personalities of other religions and brought the situation to such heights because they are instructed to have respect for others beliefs.the question is not that blasphamy is used as a tool but to have respect for our religious personalities.if consequence of an action is known then eliminate the cause of it to make it happen.have respect and no such incidence ll happen.thanx
Aug 27, 2012 12:47pm
With my limited knowledge,may ALLAH forgive me if I am wrong,Quran does not lay down any puishment for blasphemy,unles some mullah can quote.Hadith indicates,our holy Prophet(PBUH)said,Quran in front of you is jannah and at back it is jahanam.It indicates respect but did not prescribe any punishment.It's entirely personal. I quote Quran"Let not people's enemity incite you to act otherwise than with justice,Be always just.that is nearer to rightous.."(Ch.5:V.9)If agreaved,go to court first and let them decide if some wrong has been committed,otherwise,acting on emotions is murder in Islam. Also quote Quran"And revile not those whom they call besides ALLAH,lest they,out of spite,revile ALLAH in their ignorance"(Ch.6:V.109) Dear muslim brothers,if you do not act on Quran,than that's blasphemy.
Aug 27, 2012 09:36am
How many people read Dawn? How many of them will read his article? Finally how may of those who read the article are in a position or able or willing to do something about it? Therin lies the problem. We may bleat all we want in kings English but what good will it do the poor unfortunate girl? Now that we have written about it, read it , let's turn the page and see what new movies are out.
Aug 27, 2012 09:42am
The real blasphemers are the ones screaming for this young girl's blood. They should be the ones ashamed to even think of calling themselves muslims!! Do something right in this rapidly deteriorating country of ours.
Aug 27, 2012 09:21am
Whatever the case may be, blasphemy law should not be amended or excluded from the constitution. Period.
Aug 27, 2012 01:16pm
Being a christian I am not agreed with you guys.Gunned down is no solution.Give them right education and lesson of tolernace.Everyone in Pakistan looks angry.Because seed of intolerance is bored in their minds.They don't know anything about their religion. For this situation I blame mullahs.They are the main culprits.
Shadab Khokhar
Aug 27, 2012 02:56pm
The Blasphemy law is Pakistan is sword hanging over the heads all mimorities. The little girl is being dragged from the Police Station to a Jail and now to a Clinic to determine her age, this is all abuse, severe abuse in the name of religion. It should be a law that Quranic verses should mot be printed in school text books, newspapers and other public circulation material. A young child that is uneducated, colects garbage for living, unable to read is being arrested for burning printed material with Quranic verses. Why are we not thinking that who threw those papers in the garbage, why is such printed material thrown in the garbage to start with. The people of Pakistan should stand up to this injustice, may it be Christian or Muslim. We have to learn to respect and value life, learn to reason and be considered a civiilized society, above all we as a nation should fear the wrath of the Almighty. Let's bring the vision of Iqbal and the dream of our Quaid back in our land. Let's together make Pakistan a tolerant Pakistan, Pakistan where we all live together and respect each other. If you are a Muslim, Hindu, Shai, Christian or a Ahmadia - follow your book as all religions teach us to love each other. One day, may be sooner than later. Shadab Khokhar, Brampton, Canada
Aug 27, 2012 05:40am
i am not proud to be a pakistani anymore!
Aug 27, 2012 05:54am
There are enough words in Arabic and Urdu that are contained in the Holy Quran and would that qualify all written text as holy scripture? The whole episode is so ridiculous. When you consider the age and alleged lack of comprehension, it seems we have said goodbye to the compassion and even good judgement. Is there a dearth of real crime that this case is being pursued?
Aug 27, 2012 09:27am
Prove it Ali ..i doubt the number of people... & also dont feel too many in pakistan are worried about minorities.
Gerry D'Cunha
Aug 27, 2012 10:18am
so whatever may be target the minorities with your man made blasphemy law. shame on you!!!!
Jalal Khan
Aug 27, 2012 02:16pm
I agree too.
Abdul Rehman Halani
Aug 27, 2012 02:17pm
What kind of image Pakistan is creating by punishing an 11 years old girl(or even 13) with Christian religious? We are ashamed to show our fellows what that kind of act we are worried about in our country.
Jalal Khan
Aug 27, 2012 02:18pm
Aug 27, 2012 04:09pm
I recently applied for, and gained citizenship in Australia after being here for around 10 years. Proudest day of my life, can't wait to get my parents out of Pakistan too - I visit every year but I get to see this kind of stuff daily in the news and through my parents, Pakistan should be ASHAMED of itself - call me unpatriotic but I've had enough - it needs a miracle, nothing less can save it. Someone in the above comments rightly said that people are going to whine about this online for a bit while the real damage gets done and we'll move on ... not me.
Aug 27, 2012 11:05am
@Roger, While we care a lot, but we are worried more about our own safety. You may disagree with my comment, but one needs to actually be living in Pakistan to understand what I mean.
Aug 27, 2012 11:05am
The placard in the picture depicts the words "RELEASE RIMSHA !"
lalit bagai
Aug 27, 2012 10:57am
pakistan does not belong to the civilised world. most of its peoples are religious fanatics. nonmuslims should leave this country. there is no hope for them. its funny but millions of muslims are getting asylum in christian countries.
Aug 27, 2012 10:56am
When you so called muslims make massacres of hundreds of muslims while in Majids. Do you Pakistanis call it islamic? You people don't leave small kids dragging them selectively out of buses and kill them one by one. What is the role of protesting people about those Kuranic verses which are seen on News Papers and these new papers after wards are used for packing, etc. Do you think that it is not Blasphemy. Call for a protest against all and not against a selected one. This is not the real ISLAMIC TEACHING.
Akhter Husain
Aug 27, 2012 06:23am
Making things complicated has always been the pass time of our experts of law and sharia.All what has to be examined is if the girl had the intention to commit blasphemy or was it only by mistake.or ignorance.
Aug 27, 2012 04:14pm
Crowd who were screaming for her blood shud b put under Drone attack........
Aug 27, 2012 10:52am
yet another day, another injustice, another cruelty and another mockery of basic human rights in the name of religion. What ashames me is the fact I do not feel anything after reading this article, so does millions of other Pakistanis. We have become a bunch of morally dead and ethically corrupt society. If killing an innocent underage is what God actually wants, then I refuse to be a believer! I wish I had the courage to say it openly, but I am too afraid for my life. Regards- A coward Pakistani.
Aug 27, 2012 07:05pm
I am Pakistani and I tell you that, I wish we could throw these Mullas out of our country. I am Pakistani first and faith is my private issue which should not be dragged out on the streets. All minorities living in Pakistan are Pakistanis and I ask for equal respect for all of them to being the citizen of Pakistan. I wish these fundamentalist Mullas thrown in hell of fire so they can see what their actions are doing to other fellow citizens. learn peace and learn to live in peace.
Aug 27, 2012 07:12pm
The Juvenile Justice System Ordinance, 2000, clearly states as given below: Sec 10 (2) Where a child accused of non-bail able offence is arrested, he shall, without any delay and in no case later than twenty-four hours from such arrest, be produced before the Juvenile Court. This due process was certainly not followed in this case and hence the accused had to stay so long in the prison.
Murtuza Babrawala
Aug 27, 2012 07:25pm
Pakistani Maulvis should learn Islam before preaching it to the public. Islam is all about peace and justice but what is happening with this little girl is shameful and should be condemed by all true Muslims and non Muslims. The girl should be immediately released and protected from extremist.
Raja Islam
Aug 27, 2012 08:18pm
Age should have nothing to do with this. Even if she burnt some pages of a book so what? I don't know why Pakistanis get hung up on petty things and lose sight of the important things in life.
Aug 27, 2012 09:16am
The crowds screaming for her blood should be gunned down mercilessly
Give them a break
Aug 27, 2012 09:14pm
blasphemy laws DO NOT apply to non-muslims. It is indeed ironic that sunnis don't accept the testimony of a woman, yet in this case arrested the girl on the testimony of a girl child.
Aug 27, 2012 09:16pm
how could a a girl of 11 to 15 years old do that ??she might be suffering from a mental disease or something else ,but whatever remand on a small girl is not what Islam tell us to do.But with very shamefully i have to say this is what happens in Pakistan.
Aug 27, 2012 09:07am
Prove it Ali.
Aug 27, 2012 08:59am
Farhat Khan
Aug 27, 2012 11:42pm
zarrar anis
Aug 27, 2012 11:56am
That I agree 100% Amen
Aug 27, 2012 10:10pm
Girl is not retard , might be mentally challenge . People are ,who want this girl killed and causing problem to her family and other minorities .
Aug 27, 2012 07:38am
How many people were protesting ?
Abdul Rehman Halani
Aug 28, 2012 01:50pm
I 100% agree with Jalal
Aug 28, 2012 12:33am
All mighty Allah please destroy every religious person and his family in Pakistan. every piece loving Pakistani should pray for disintegration of Pakistan. Pakistani people are cursed for this world.
Aug 28, 2012 12:36am
Teenages in North America very often use the word "Whatever" to show that they do not care. It also inidicates bad attitude. I do not know if you are a teenager but clearly you do not care. It shows your attitude too. Where will this attitude lead to your country?
Ajaya K Dutt
Aug 27, 2012 04:25am
So if the girl is 14 years old in stead of 11, it makes whatever "more" justifiable". If she happens to be normal(?) and not down syndrom girl then it makes more justifiable by a degree of 3. Another HIGH official shall expose this conspiracy of crusador nations.
Aug 27, 2012 04:26am
Just leave her alone. US or some European country should give her family protection and permission to enter their country. Punjab government should be billed for all their expenses. I knowwwwwwwww
Raoul Ciao
Aug 27, 2012 06:33am
the picture with this article is wonderful....a bunch of pakistanis willing to stick their necks out and protest against this christian retarded girl's arrest is a fantastic thing which bodes well for a pluralistic nation that can heal itself and it's constituents/citizens.
El Cid
Aug 27, 2012 04:55am
This is ridiculous. Storm in a tea cup. Shame. The girl has committed no crime, drawn no blood, hurt no one. Irrespective of her age, or mental condition, let the girl go...fear Allah.

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