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A girl with Down's syndrome has been beaten, charged with blasphemy and might be put to death for accidentally burning pages containing Islamic text

Posted by on Aug. 19, 2012 at 7:30 PM
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Pakistani Christian Girl With Special Needs Arrested For Allegedly Burning Islamic Text

A Christian girl with Down's syndrome has been arrested and charged with blasphemy in Pakistan for allegedly burning pages containing Islamic text, the BBC and Agence France-Presse report.

According to the Express Tribune, an English language newspaper in Pakistan, the 11-year-old was beaten last week after locals in her village near Islamabad saw her burning pages inscribed with Islamic text.

Dawn, another English-language Pakistani paper, notes that other reports indicate that she "was burning used papers collected from the garbage for cooking."

If found guilty, the young girl could face the death penalty, according to AFP.

Her family and other Christians in the area reportedly fled out of fear following the incident, according to the Express Tribune and Dawn, but not before people in the village brought the girl and her mother to local authorities.

AFP reports that the Women's Action Forum, a women's rights organization in Pakistan, has called on authorities to release the young girl.

"WAF is outraged at the total inhumanity of the men who lodged the First Information Report (FIR) in the police," Tahira Abdullah, a spokeswoman for WAF said.

This is one of the latest high-profile incidents to draw attention to Pakistan's controversial blasphemy laws, which state that people who are convicted of insulting the Quran or Islam's prophet can face the death penalty.

In 2010, a Christian mother of five was sentenced to death for blasphemy.

And last month, a man accused of desecrating the Quran was dragged from a police station in Pakistan and beaten to death before his body was set on fire.

Salman Taseer, a Pakistani governor, was assassinated by a bodyguard in 2011 because of his reported opposition to the laws.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/19/pakistani-christian-girl-burning-quaran-islamic-text-arrested-blasphemy_n_1807105.html

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futureshock
by Ruby Member on Aug. 19, 2012 at 7:31 PM

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PortiaRose
by on Aug. 19, 2012 at 7:32 PM
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What a useless country! Why is this type of shit acceptable.

They're a dirty, backward people and no one wants to say it...
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futureshock
by Ruby Member on Aug. 19, 2012 at 7:35 PM
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Quoting PortiaRose:

What a useless country! Why is this type of shit acceptable.

They're a dirty, backward people and no one wants to say it...

I am glad you said it and I agree with you.

heidimoose134
by Momma Moose on Aug. 19, 2012 at 7:35 PM
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Not surprising coming out of Pakistan. 

Just going to throw the disclaimer in here, this is an issue with the Pakistani government and culture, NOT with Islam. 

futureshock
by Ruby Member on Aug. 19, 2012 at 7:36 PM
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Quoting heidimoose134:

Not surprising coming out of Pakistan. 

Just going to throw the disclaimer in here, this is an issue with the Pakistani government and culture, NOT with Islam. 

That's your opinion. 

asfriend
by on Aug. 19, 2012 at 7:43 PM
What is the motive for the defense of Islam?

Not just you, in general?


Quoting heidimoose134:

Not surprising coming out of Pakistan. 

Just going to throw the disclaimer in here, this is an issue with the Pakistani government and culture, NOT with Islam. 


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krysstizzle
by DeepThought on Aug. 19, 2012 at 7:46 PM
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A dirty, backward people? Are you fucking kidding me? So because the government running the country is full of bloated-head, craptastic assholes, every individual in that country is dirty and backward? What a useless, pathetic thing to say. You should probably step down off your ethnocentric high horse, there. 

Quoting PortiaRose:

What a useless country! Why is this type of shit acceptable.

They're a dirty, backward people and no one wants to say it...


heidimoose134
by Momma Moose on Aug. 19, 2012 at 7:47 PM
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Personally, I think that many people misunderstand the religion. And I think a lot of the times people will look at countries like Iran, for example, and assume that the religion is bad based on some assholes who run the country and claim to be following their holy text, when it's really just a bunch of assholes who are abusing their power. 

Every person I have met who follows Islam have been wonderful people and I couldn't say a bad thing about them. 

Quoting asfriend:

What is the motive for the defense of Islam?

Not just you, in general?


Quoting heidimoose134:

Not surprising coming out of Pakistan. 

Just going to throw the disclaimer in here, this is an issue with the Pakistani government and culture, NOT with Islam. 



krysstizzle
by DeepThought on Aug. 19, 2012 at 7:48 PM
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Going out on a limb here, but probably because there are assholes who think lumping entire groups of people together makes sense. It doesn't. There are assholes in every religion, in every group of people, on this planet. True story.

Quoting asfriend:

What is the motive for the defense of Islam?

Not just you, in general?


Quoting heidimoose134:

Not surprising coming out of Pakistan. 

Just going to throw the disclaimer in here, this is an issue with the Pakistani government and culture, NOT with Islam. 



Whaaaaaa....O.o
by on Aug. 19, 2012 at 7:58 PM
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Oh my goodness. I will be praying for this poor little girl.  She must be terrified. :(

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