According to multiple sources, a 12-year old Christian girl was arrested outside of Islamabad for allegedly burning a page or pages of the Qur’an. Such a crime is considered blasphemy in Pakistan, and is punishable by life imprisonment—or even execution. As The Washington Post reports:
Amid the conflicting claims, this much is certain: As many as 600 Christians have fled their colony bordering the capital, fearing for their lives, officials said, after a mob last week called for the child to be burned to death as a blasphemer.
The girl, who authorities have described as mentally challenged, sits in jail in Rawalpindi, charged by police with blasphemy, while her family has been put in federal protective custody. The evidence against her is muddled at best, but police said they arrested her in part to assuage the mob and also because they knew she would be safer in jail.
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