Pakistan Child Jailed over Blasphemy Charges

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A Christian girl in Pakistan has been sent to prison for allegedly desecrating the Koran.

The girl, identified only as Rashma, is believed to be between the age of 11 and 16. There were varying reports on whether she was mentally handicapped.

She is accused of burning pages of the Koran near her home in an outlying district of Islamabad. She was arrested Thursday and charged with blasphemy.

Under Pakistan's blasphemy laws, anyone found guilty of insulting Islam's Prophet Muhammad or defiling the Koran can face life in prison.

CBN News Sr. International Correspondent Gary Lane talked more about Pakistan's blasphemy law, on Christian World News, Aug. 24.  Click play for his comments on the harsh punishment this girl and other Christians face.

Also, help spread the word about Rimsha's case by sharing this story from the Christian World News Facebook page.

Hundreds of angry Muslims surrounded the girl's home and demanded her arrest.

The girl's parents and Christian residents fled the neighborhood out of fear of reprisal from Muslim extremists.

"We were sleeping in our house that night," Pakistani Christian David Masih recalled. "They fled (the girl's parents) around 2:30 in the morning. We saw in the morning that the house was locked up, and then we left the area."

"On Friday, evening I rang my landlord to ask whether we should return or not," he continued. "He said, 'Don't be scared. No one will disturb you, but you should leave the house until Sept. 1.'"

Police said the girl will be held for 14 days. Some authorities said she is also being held for her own protection.

Correction: CBN News earlier wrongly reported that the Pakistani child Rashma could face the death penalty for blaspheming the Koran. She does not face the death penalty but she does face the possibility of life in prison.

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