Islamabad: A Pakistani Christian girl accused of desecrating the holy Quran is a minor and suffers from some form of mental impairment, a medical board has concluded, according to rights activists on Tuesday.

The report of the review of Rimsha Masih by a panel of three doctors from the state-run Polyclinic Hospital was submitted in the court of a district and sessions judge in Islamabad this afternoon.

The same judge is hearing a petition seeking bail for Rimsha, who continues to be held in the high-security Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi.

Xavier P William, president of Life For All, told media the medical board had concluded that Rimsha was aged between 12 and 14 and that she had some form of mental impairment.

The findings of the medical board mean that Rimsha's case will have to be heard by the juvenile court system, he said.

However, Rimsha's case could not be taken up by the district and sessions court on Tuesday as several lawyers claimed to represent her.

Sources said the judge took exception to the situation and asked rights groups and the lawyers to decide who would represent her by the next hearing on August 30.

"The judge has given us two more days," Sajid Ishaq, chairman of the Pakistan Interfaith League, told media.


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