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Pakistan Busts Schoolkid for Blasphemy

Human Rights Watch calls the case 'mind boggling'
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2011 4:21 AM CST

(Newser) – A 17-year-old boy in Karachi has been arrested for blaspheming the Prophet Muhammad in a school exam, drawing widespread condemnation, reports the BBC. Human Rights Watch called for the boy's release, saying that for police to lock him up was "mind boggling."

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"Pakistan has set the standard for intolerance when it comes to misusing blasphemy laws, but sending a schoolboy to jail for something he scribbled on an exam paper is truly appalling," says a researcher at Human Rights Watch. The controversy comes less than a month after provincial governor Salman Taseer was slain by his own bodyguard for proposing reform of the blasphemy law.
(Read more blasphemy stories.)

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