Pakistan Drops Blasphemy Case Against Christian Girl Rimsha Masih

November 20, 2012

From the Guardian:

A Pakistani Christian girl accused by her neighbours of burning sacred Islamic texts has had blasphemy charges against her dropped by the Islamabad high court.

Rimsha Masih is believed to be one of the few people to escape prosecution under the country's religious laws, which have been subject to widespread abuse and false accusations.

The initial police report against the girl was quashed this week, more than three months after she was accused of carrying charred Qur'an texts near her house in a poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of Islamabad. The conclusion to the high-profile case came after rare public opposition to a blasphemy case by senior Islamic clerics.

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