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O/T UPDATE: Pakistani Court Acquits Disabled Christian Girl Accused of Burning the Koran

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Blasphemy? Pakistani Court Acquits Disabled Christian Girl Accused of Burning the Koran

Pakistani Court Acquits Christian Girl Accused of Burning the Koran

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ISLAMABAD (TheBlaze/AP) — A Pakistani court on Tuesday acquitted a Christian girl accused of blasphemy over the burning of the Muslim holy book, her lawyer said. TheBlaze first reported about this shocking story back in August.

The ruling was the final chapter in a case that caused an international outcry over Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws, which are very popular in the country and are primarily used against supposed offenses to Islam.

In August, the young Christian girl was arrested in Islamabad after a Muslim cleric accused her of desecrating the Muslim holy book, the Koran. The cleric was later accused of fabricating evidence against the girl, whose mental capacity was subsequently questioned.

Attorney Abdul Hameed said the court on Tuesday exonerated his client for lack of evidence and dismissed all charges against her, concluding they were based on heresy and incriminated material that was planted in the girl’s possession.

“I am happy that the poor girl’s ordeal is now over,” he told The Associated Press after hearing the court ruling in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad.

The girl was freed on bail in September and since then she has been living with her parents at some undisclosed location in Pakistan. She has not made any public appearance due to security reasons.

Pakistani Court Acquits Christian Girl Accused of Burning the Koran

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The girl’s name has been released by Pakistani authorities and in the media but The Associated Press generally does not identify juveniles accused of crimes. Pakistan’s blasphemy laws carry a punishment of life in prison or the death sentence.

Pakistani and international human right groups have urged the government to change the blasphemy laws, saying they laws are too broad and vague, and are often used by people who are trying to settle scores with rivals or target religious minorities, who make up 5 percent of Pakistan’s 180 million-strong population.

Although many Muslims are also accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad or other acts deemed blasphemous, minorities in Pakistan are disproportionately represented among the defendants, rights groups say.

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Canvas_says
by Silver Member on Nov. 20, 2012 at 11:19 AM
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Well at least she is acquitted, sad truth is however, for every one story that makes the headlines there are many who don't. And Blasphemy laws are just insane. 

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by on Nov. 20, 2012 at 11:20 AM
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Thank you so much for posting!!!

My heart is so full of joy of the outcome of this ordeal for this innocent soul and her family.

Ah...the power of prayer!!!!!

Praise the Lord!!!!!!

Veronica-I believe in prayer!!!!

Ednarooni160
by Eds on Nov. 20, 2012 at 11:21 AM


Quoting Canvas_says:

Well at least she is acquitted, sad truth is however, for every one story that makes the headlines there are many who don't. And Blasphemy laws are just insane. 

Agree...and yes..they are..

DawnPratt23
by on Nov. 20, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Some nut will end up injuring/killing her like they promise for the other girl who wanted to go to school.

Quoting Canvas_says:

Well at least she is acquitted, sad truth is however, for every one story that makes the headlines there are many who don't. And Blasphemy laws are just insane. 

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Peanutx3
by Silver Member on Nov. 20, 2012 at 11:25 AM
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Glad she was aquited but like a previous poster said her life is still in danger.

Canvas_says
by Silver Member on Nov. 20, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Well, let's hope that someone gets to her and get her family out of there to a more friendly environment for Christians. The things that people do to children in the name of their God ugh.

Quoting DawnPratt23:

Some nut will end up injuring/killing her like they promise for the other girl who wanted to go to school.

Quoting Canvas_says:

Well at least she is acquitted, sad truth is however, for every one story that makes the headlines there are many who don't. And Blasphemy laws are just insane. 


VeronicaTex
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We are now into Holy Week...The Triduum will be Holy Thursday (The Last Supper), Good Friday (Jesus' Crucifixion) and Easter Sunday (Jesus' Resurrection" ) Our Lord died for us!!!!
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by on Nov. 20, 2012 at 11:28 AM
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I read that she has been in an undisclosed location with her parents for a long time now.

I still have this situation in prayer for this brave child and her family, that she is protected by God in heaven for the rest of her natural life.

Veronica

Quoting DawnPratt23:

Some nut will end up injuring/killing her like they promise for the other girl who wanted to go to school.

Quoting Canvas_says:

Well at least she is acquitted, sad truth is however, for every one story that makes the headlines there are many who don't. And Blasphemy laws are just insane. 


JustCJ
by on Nov. 20, 2012 at 12:01 PM
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We have to be tolerant of the culture/religion that supports that law. But not of Christians. smh.

Quoting Canvas_says:

Well at least she is acquitted, sad truth is however, for every one story that makes the headlines there are many who don't. And Blasphemy laws are just insane. 


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