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Pakistani girl accused of blasphemy flees to Canada

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 30 June 2013
Cite as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Pakistani girl accused of blasphemy flees to Canada, 30 June 2013, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/51e79b7811.html [accessed 11 December 2016]
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June 30, 2013

Rimsha Masih after her release from jail in Rawalpindi in September 2012Rimsha Masih after her release from jail in Rawalpindi in September 2012

The Pakistani Christian girl who was accused of burning the Koran has fled to Canada with her family.

A lawyer and a Christian group said Rimsha Masih, 14, and her family settled in Canada weeks ago.

The family reportedly had been facing threats in mostly Muslim Pakistan.

A Canadian Broadcasting Corporation report said the family was living in the city of Toronto.

Rimsha was detained in Islamabad in August 2012 and charged with blasphemy after a Muslim cleric accused her of burning pages of Islam's holy book.

The cleric was later accused of fabricating evidence and Rimsha was cleared of any wrongdoing.

The case drew attention to Pakistan's tough blasphemy laws, which critics say are sometimes abused to target members of minority religions.

Based on reporting by AP, the BBC, and cbc.ca

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