11-year-old Christian girl accused of blasphemy
ISLAMABAD: An 11-year-old Christian girl has been arrested on a charge of blasphemy and allegedly accused of burning pages of a Noorani Qaida.
Ramna Police official said that Rifta Masih, 11, had burned a Noorani Qaida on August 16 and threw it in garbage after putting it in a plastic bag. Soon after the incident, residents of the area had gathered to lodge their protest. The protesters also allegedly beat up the girl and her mother, while the rest of the girl’s family managed to escape.
Protesters blocked the Kashmir Highway and dispersed only after the police lodged an FIR of the case and took Rifta into custody. A website “Christians in Pakistan” reported the incident saying that Rifta has Down’s syndrome and was accused of allegedly burning 10 pages of the Holy Quran.