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Pakistani police seek Christian teen for alleged blasphemy

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 12 October 2012
Cite as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Pakistani police seek Christian teen for alleged blasphemy, 12 October 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/5089072323.html [accessed 21 December 2014]
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October 12, 2012

Police in Pakistan are seeking a Christian teenager for allegedly sending blasphemous text messages.

Officials said October 12 that the boy, Ryan Stanten, is accused by neighbors of sending them a text defaming Islam's Prophet Muhammad.

The boy and his mother fled from their house in Karachi before the neighbors attacked their home and set fire to their furniture.

It is the second blasphemy case registered against a Christian teenager in the country in less than two months.

A Christian girl, Rimsha Masih, was arrested in August in Islamabad for allegedly burning Islamic scriptures.

But police later accused a local imam of planting the evidence of the alleged blasphemy in her bag.

Based on reporting by AFP and dpa

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