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Latest update : 2012-09-12

Blasphemy row continues in Pakistan

Rimsha, the young Pakistani girl accused of blasphemy after burnt pages from the Koran were found in her pocket, has been released on bail. Yet her family, who says she has learning difficulties, remain in fear for their lives. The law against blasphemy in Pakistan is sensitive and has come in for criticism for being used to target religious minorities. Yet many Pakistani Muslims support it wholeheartedly, and cheer the vigilantes who decide to carry out "justice" for the offence themselves.

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