Rimsha is a mentally challenged girl in Pakistan. And she was accused of burning the koran in her backyard. Surprise! Someone in a local mosque fingered the imam, Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti, as the originator of the koran. As in, he planted the pages after the girl was arrested:
A medical report last week said she had a mental age of less than 14 and her case has prompted concern among Western governments and anger from rights groups who say Pakistan’s strict blasphemy legislation is often abused to settle personal scores.
Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti, the imam of the mosque in Rimsha’s area, who first gave police the burned papers as evidence against her, was detained by police on Saturday evening.
“The imam was arrested after his deputy Maulvi Zubair and two others told a magistrate he added pages from the Koran to the burnt pages brought to him by a witness,” police investigator Munir Hussain Jaffri said.
This is a surprising development. Is this region finally putting truth before the usual bully theocracy? This is the first time I’ve seen something turn around quite this dramatically. Of course, the imam has only been arrested. We shall see what occurs next.