Pakistani Girl Accused Of Blasphemy Is Innocent, Police Say
Police investigators in Pakistan reported that a Christian Pakistani girl accused of blasphemy is innocent. The police announced that they had no evidence against 14-year-old Rimsha Masih, reported CNN.
Masih was accused of blasphemy on Aug. 16 by a neighbor who claimed she used pages of the Quran as cooking fuel. Police said that Masih was framed by her neighbor, a Muslim cleric who has since been arrested and charged with falsifying evidence against her, reported The New York Times.
Masih was released on bail earlier this month because of her age. Laws in Pakistan do not allow capital punishment for minors, according to The New York Times.
Her case aroused worldwide controversy and has called Pakistan’s blasphemy laws into question. One blasphemy law in Pakistan that has been in place since 1982 states that destroying the Quran is an offense worthy of a life sentence in prison. Another clause in Pakistan’s blasphemy laws asserts that blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad is punishable by death or life imprisonment, according to BBC.
Masih and her family believe their lives may be in danger regardless of the ruling. Over the past 20 years, more than 30 people accused of blasphemy have been killed according to Christian leaders in Pakistan, BBC reported.
Masih will be tried on Oct. 1 in juvenile court.
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