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Pakistan Blasphemy Case Is Quashed By Court
A Pakistan court has thrown out all charges against a Christian girl accused of blasphemy.
Rimsha Masih, 14, spent three weeks on remand in an adult prison after she was arrested in August for allegedly burning pages from the Koran.
She was released on bail in September and police have since told the courts she was not guilty and that a cleric who allegedly framed her should face trial instead.
Paul Bhatti, the only Christian member of Pakistan's federal cabinet, confirmed the case had been thrown out by the high court in the capital Islamabad.
"I welcome this order. Justice has been done and the law of the land has been upheld by the court," he said.
"It will send out a positive image of Pakistan in the international community that there is justice for all and that society has risen up for justice and tolerance."
Rimsha's lawyer Akmal Bhatti said: "The court has quashed the case, declaring Rimsha innocent."
An official medical report classified Rimsha as "uneducated" with a mental age younger than her years. Some reports have also claimed that she has Down's Syndrome.
Under Pakistan's strict blasphemy laws, burning a sacred text is punishable with life imprisonment.
Blasphemy is a very sensitive subject in Pakistan, where 97% of the 180 million population are Muslims and allegations of insulting Islam or the prophet Mohammed often prompt a furious public reaction.
what do you think?
So this is how a religious cleric treats women and other religions no wonder all creeds of the god squad are backward
Justice. The fact that a cleric set her up to prove a political point is disgusting. If he is not punished that should tell you all you need to know about modern Islam in Pakistan. I want to know the opinions of all the fundamentalist jihadists who post on orange world. Bet their silence is deafening
Stevie they will say its a contorted thread
Stevie am I a fundamentaliist
No I would not accuse you of that, your postings are always rational, unlike others who post in this forum
Although your frequent recourse to 'the guillotine' to 'solve' all our problems reeks a little of backward mediaevalism, to be frank.
Yes you and rio plus some others. Thing is are you jokeing or you a very dangerous racest
For me anyone that uses religion as a tool to make money or falsely accuse people should be shown the guillotine
Thank god she has been freed, this is no way to treat a young child, and by the reports has a disability also, the cleric who framed her should face justice for his actions. Pakistan must do more to stop the injustices women and young children face,because if the intolerance continues cases like the shooting of young females just for wanting an education will continue. Here's hoping the young girl is now getting the help she needs and a chance in life
I'm glad justice has been served but there is a big problem in Pakistan where people will still believe the cleric over the law, which isn't right. A lot of Pakistan isn't religion, but culture and it's sad that people assume it's religion. Bottom line, I don't think this will be the end of it.
Abid. Sadly I think you are right. But isn't religion the same the world over where the word of so called Holy men is never questioned. Many didn't believe priests could be child abusers until it was staring them in the face and even then they denied it