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Pakistan: Girl with Downs Syndrome arrested for blasphemy

This news story was published on August 27, 2012.
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Adnkronos International, Rome –

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Hundreds of Christian families on Monday fled the village near Islamabad where an 11-year-old Christian girl with Down Syndrome had been arrested for blasphemy, according to Pakistan’s Express Tribune newspaper.

The girl was arrested Friday in the village of Meharabadi Jaffar after villagers severely beat her for allegedly burning 10 pages of the Noorani Quaida, the book used to learn the Koran in the village of Meharabadi Jaffar on Monday.

A report released by the non-governmental organisation Centre for Law and Justice said at least 200-300 Christian families deserted the village and surrounding areas driven by fear of reprisals by the Muslims.

The organisation blames the government for not having adopted any measures to safeguard Christian families, according to The Express Tribune.

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