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Girl held on blasphemy charges bailed in Pakistan

Girl held on blasphemy charges bailed in Pakistan
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A Christian girl held on blasphemy charges has been bailed by a court in Islamabad.

Rimsha, 14, was arrested three weeks ago after an angry mob accused her of burning pages of the Koran. Last week an imam was taken into custody suspected of planting the burned pages of the Koran in her bag.

The girl becomes the first person held on blasphemy charges to be bailed in Pakistan. Rimsha’s family are under police protection following threats and many other Christians have fled the area close to the capital. Doctors called in to examine her say she was around 14 but her “mental capacity” appeared lower.

The case has brought international condemnation over concerns that Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws are open to misuse.