Pakistani girl's blasphemy charge dropped
Published 21/11/2012 | 05:00
A PAKISTANI court has dropped all charges against a Christian girl whose arrest on suspicion of blasphemy three months ago prompted global outrage.
Rimsha Masih (14) was held when a neighbour claimed she had burnt pages of a religious text. She spent three weeks on remand in an adult prison as the country's overstretched legal system considered whether to grant her bail.
She was freed only when witnesses claimed she had been framed by a local prayer leader. The case, involving an illiterate girl from a persecuted minority, led to renewed calls for reform of Pakistan's strict blasphemy laws, which carry the death penalty and are frequently used to settle personal scores. (© Daily Telegraph, London)