Girl Accused of Blasphemy Granted Bail in Pakistan
First such case to see bail offered
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Sep 7, 2012 6:55 AM CDT
Tahir Naveed Chaudhry, center, lawyer of Christian girl accused of blasphemy, leaves after court hearing in Islamabad, Pakistan on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012.   (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

(Newser) – Following extensive court arguments in Pakistan today, a girl accused of burning pages of the Koran has been granted bail. A minorities activist group has agreed to pay the $10,000 bail fee, CNN reports. A lawyer for the Christian girl, called Rimsha, held that she has a low IQ and had been framed by a cleric. Her opponents said that blasphemy demanded punishment, regardless of her age; she is believed to be 14.

It's the first time a person accused of blasphemy has received bail in a trial court, notes the BBC; normally bail doesn't apply to such cases, but Rimsha's lawyers pointed to her age. She has been held since Aug. 16, and it's not clear when she will be released. When she is, she'll likely rejoin her parents. But her father has raised concerns for the family's safety; in Pakistan, vigilantes have killed those accused of blasphemy in the past, and Rimsha herself was arrested after a crowd urged it.

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MSCOTTASHLEY
Sep 7, 2012 4:27 PM CDT
Things like this happen in America. Onward Christian Soldiers is not just a song. The "Christian Crazys" who want to rule the government will put us back to the Spanish Inquisition if they get the chance. Don't think so? Bush claims Christ but had no problem torturing, not an American ideal, and they will suppress women. And don't give me that "One Nation under God" stuff because I remember when my school teacher told us that the words to the Pledge of Allegiance had been changed to "One nation under God". That was in the early 1950s. In God We Trust isn't much older. People trying force their ideology upon the populace has been going on since day one. The church use to burn people alive. How Christ like.
fractal
Sep 7, 2012 3:45 PM CDT
Oh hell, Lets just bring them over. Clear case of being a political prisoner.
vjh
Sep 7, 2012 12:03 PM CDT
And to think that there are people in this country who want to put "God" in our government. (Even more than it is now..) It would only be a matter of time before the Christian fanatics would do the same thing as Pakistan.