This is a follow up to the story I wrote about on Aug. 20. An 11-year-old Christian girl was accused blasphemy and threatened with the death penalty after someone claimed she burned pages of the Koran.
The event forced more than 900 Christians out of their neighborhood in Mehrabadi, Pakistan, outside the city of Islamabad. It’s important to note the girl was threatened with the death penalty, but nobody has been put to death by the state. That said, mobs have killed those accused since they figured the trial does not matter. Last month…
That simple accusation – burning a Quran – quickly turned into a demonstration of between 600 and 1,000 people. Even though the police were unwilling to take action, the crowded demanded it and eventually police charged the girl with blasphemy and took her into custody.
After an investigation, it turns out they actually had witnesses, but the witnesses stated the cleric set the girl up.
… on Sunday police official Munir Hussain Jafri said a cleric had been taken into custody after witnesses reported he had torn pages from a Koran and planted them in Masih’s bag beside burned papers.
The imam, Khalid Jadoon Chishti, appeared briefly in court on Sunday before he was sent to jail for a 14-day judicial remand.
WTF? So a Muslim cleric is accused of desecrating a Koran – I would assume tearing out pages and tossing them in with burned trash meet the definition – and he is not being threatened with death? There are no mobs demanding his head?
The 11-year-old Christian girl is still in jail.
A bail hearing will be held on Monday for [Rimsha] Masih, whose case has re-focused a spotlight on Pakistan’s anti-blasphemy law, under which anyone who speaks ill of Islam and the Prophet Mohammad commits a crime punishable by death.