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22 November 2012

Rimsha Masih: Blasphemy charges dropped against Christian girl

Rimsha_2403695b.jpgA Pakistani court has dropped all charges against Rimsha Masih, a young Christian girl who provoked a global outcry when she was arrested for blasphemy in August.

The 14-year-old was detained when a neighbour claimed she had burned pages of a religious book. She spent three weeks on remand in an adult prison.

However, she was freed on bail after witnesses said she had been framed by a local Muslim prayer leader.

The case, involving an illiterate girl from a persecuted minority, sparked calls for reform of Pakistan's harsh blasphemy laws, which carry the death penalty and which are used frequently to settle personal scores.

At a hearing at Islamabad High Court, Chief Justice Iqbal Hameed-ur Rehman threw out the case, citing a lack of witnesses.

Paul Bhatti, Pakistan's minister for national harmony and one of Rimshaメs most prominent supporters, said he was delighted by the decision.



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