Friday, April 24, 2009
Pakistan – Young Christian Woman and her Father remain in Prison
Twenty-year old Sandul Bibi and her father Gulsher remain in prison in Pakistan despite four court hearings, according to VOM contacts.
"On Feb. 24 Sandul and Gulsher had another court appearance and nothing significant was determined," VOM contacts said. "This has been the outcome for the last four court hearings."
Sandul and Gulsher are charged with violating section 295-B of the Pakistani legal code, the 'blasphemy' law. Sandul is falsely accused of ripping pages from the Quran. On Oct. 9 a large crowd of Muslims attacked Christian families at a church, throwing stones and firing guns. They were shouting, 'Kill Gulsher and his daughter Sandul.' Sandul and her father, Gulsher Masih, were arrested after a mob from the local mosque surrounded their house. Loudspeakers from different mosques broadcast accusations that Christians had disgraced the Quran, calling Muslims to attack and burn their homes. The angry crowd threw stones and set fire to Sandul's home. Christians believe Sandul and her father were targeted and arrested because they were aggressively winning villagers to Christ.
The Voice of the Martyrs has supported Sandul and her family both financially and spiritually through this difficult time. VOM encourages you to continue lifting this family up in prayer and ask God to encourage them.
VOM has featured Sandul on the group's Christian prisoner Web site, www.prisoneralert.com. Praise God both Sandul and Gulsher have received letter of encouragement from our readers. VOM encourages you to visit this Web site and compose letters of encouragement and mail them to Sandul. You can also send letters to the Pakistani government requesting Sandul and Gulsher be released.