NEW YORK : Human Rights Watch (HRW) has welcomed an additional sessions court's decision to grant bail to Rimsha Masih, the Christian girl accused of blasphemy. "Human Rights Watch welcomes the court decision to release Rimsha on bail and urges Pakistan's government to ensure her security and safety upon release," the Human Rights Watch said in a statement.
"The fact is that this child should not have been behind bars at all. All charges against her should be dropped and Pakistan's criminal justice system should instead concentrate on holding her accuser accountable for inciting violence against the child and members of the local Christian community," the statement said.
"Human Rights Watch hopes that the blatant abuse that has come to light in this case will lead to a considered re-examination of the law and all stake-holders in Pakistan will actively seek to end frequent abuses perpetrated under cover of blasphemy allegations," its statement said.