Pakistani Christian with Down’s Syndrome arrested for blasphemy

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Pakistani police have arrested a mentally disabled 11-year-old girl after a mob accused her of desecrating pages of the Koran. The mob demanded the Christian girl’s arrest and threatened to burn down Christian homes outside the capital Islamabad, local media say.

Officials said the girl could not properly answer police questions.

Her parents have been taken into protective custody following threats and other Christian families have fled.

It is thought that the girl has Down’s syndrome. Paul Bhatti, Pakistan’s minister for National Harmony, told the BBC that the girl was known to have a mental disorder and that it seemed “unlikely she purposefully desecrated the Koran”. “From the reports I have seen, she was found carrying a waste bag which also had pages of the Koran,” he said.

“This infuriated some local people and a large crowd gathered to demand action against her. The police were initially reluctant to arrest her, but they came under a lot of pressure from a very large crowd, who were threatening to burn down Christian homes.”

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  • ttj

    Beyond sad….The ignorance of some people is appalling…

  • marineh2ominer

    After the florida fiasco I purchased four copies of the Koran just to use as toilet paper , and it is barely usefull for that . Muslims are the lowest form of life that can even claim to be closely enough related to humanity to be called human , it is quite obvious they are not , they are pure animals , regardless of what their genes indicate . Mohammed was the worst of all , a pediphilic murderer and a thieving coward , not to mention a lying gigolo . I also have it on very good authority that he regularly had coitus with swine .