Pakistani girl accused of blasphemy freed from jail

Not exactly a "feel good" story but it's better than the alternative: A Pakistani Christian girl accused of desecrating the Qur'an has been freed from a jail near Islamabad, an official said. The release of Rimsha Masih, the 14-year-old accused by a neighbour of committing an act of blasphemy last month, comes a day after a judge granted her bail. Mushtaq Awan said the girl left the prison in Rawalpindi, a garrison city near the Pakistani capital, on Saturday afternoon. Rimsha has been held for a little over three weeks. An Associated Press reporter on the scene said she was taken from the prison in an armoured vehicle and driven to a waiting helicopter while covered with a sheet to protect her identity. Her lawyers say they will now push to have the case against her thrown out entirely. The teenager, who her defenders say is mentally disabled, became the first person ever accused of blasphemy to win bail, in large part due to the extraordinary turn of events in the...(Read Full Post)

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