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Thread: Blasphemy charged Pakistani girl set free

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    practical experience, FTW Shadow Dragon's Avatar
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    Blasphemy charged Pakistani girl set free

    This story was discussed a while ago, about a 14yr old girl, with mental disabilities that was being put on trial for blasphemy in Pakistan. Well, she's been found not guilty.

    A Pakistani court dismissed on Tuesday a blasphemy case against a Christian girl which had drawn international condemnation and concern about the rights of religious minorities in the predominantly Muslim country.

    Rimsha Masih, believed to be no older than 14, was charged with burning pages of the Koran in August but was granted bail in September after a cleric was detained on suspicion of planting evidence to stir up resentment against Christians.

    So yeah, the court recognized that this was a set up, thankfully. However, don't expect things to change too much, in terms of the blasphemy laws:
    The blasphemy law enjoys widespread support among ordinary Pakistanis even though critics say it is often abused by people involved in disputes or against members of religious minorities.

    Over the past two years, two senior government officials who had suggested reform of the law were shot dead, one by his own bodyguard. Lawyers threw rose petals at the killer and the judge who convicted him was forced to flee the country.
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    I'm glad she's been released. I hope she stays safe.

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    I feel the fact that laws like this in the first place are a huge issue. I find it deeply disturbing that there was a very real possibility of a mentally handicap minor being convicted of a crime for burning paper.

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