Sunday, August 19, 2012

Christian Down syndrome Pakistani girl accused of blasphemy which is punishable by death

A Christian girl with Down syndrome has been arrested on blasphemy charges in Pakistan, accused of burning pages inscribed with verses from the Koran, police and activists said on Sunday.

Police arrested Rimsha, who is recognised by a single name, on Thursday after she was reported to be holding in public burnt pages that had Islamic text and Koranic verses on them, a police official said.

A conviction for blasphemy is punishable by death in Pakistan.

The official said that the girl, whom he described as being in her teens, was taken to a police station in the capital Islamabad, where she has been detained since. Read More