Pakistan Rimsha Maseeh blasphemy case dropped
A court in Pakistan has dropped a controversial blasphemy case against a Christian girl accused by her neighbour of burning pages from the Koran.
The girl, known as Rimsha and aged 14, was held in a maximum security jail in July prompting international concern.
Her arrest followed accusations by a Muslim cleric now facing a case for allegedly planting evidence.
Rimsha’s lawyer said the case had been a misuse of law. Her family received death threats and went into hiding.
Following an outcry over the case, Rimsha, who doctors said was 14 years old but with a younger mental age, was released on bail – an extremely rare move in blasphemy cases.
The case against the Muslim cleric, accused of framing her, will proceed, says the BBC’s Orla Guerin in Islamabad.
Blasphemy is a highly sensitive issue in Pakistan, where 97% of the population are Muslim.
Critics say the controversial laws are misused all too often – to persecute minorities or settle scores.