Pakistan: protest song goes viral amid mounting concern over 11-year-old arrested for blasphemy
A protest song highlighting the plight of Rimsha Masih in Pakistan was watched by more than 25,000 with a day of release on YouTube ...
Turn the Tide highlights the plight of young Rimsha Masih arrested by the police, under pressure from the mob, last Thursday at Mehrabadi village, on the outskirts of Islamabad.
It was first sung live outside the Pakistan Embassy, during a two-hour demonstration organised by the British Pakistani Christian Association last Wednesday (22 August) calling for freedom for Rimsha. Leading humanitarians from a variety of faiths spoke out in unity seeking an end to the ongoing injustice.
Cherrie Anderson, ooberfuse front woman, says: “We wrote the song to express our support for Rimsha Masih and her family. We stand in solidarity with them and we hope that the blasphemy charges against her are dismissed.”
Wilson Chowdhry, aka Wizard MC, from BPCA, says: “This intolerance has sunk to new levels of depravity with the incarceration of a juvenile girl with physical disabilities. The founding father of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, said in his 1947 inaugural speech: ‘You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed that has nothing to do with the business of the State.’ Turn the Tide is inspired by his words and the tragic story of a defenceless disabled girl called Rimsha.”