Pakistan

Pakistani Court Drops Blasphemy Charges Against Christian Girl

Had been accused of ripping pages out of a Koran

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A Pakistani court on Tuesday dismissed charges against a Christian girl accused of desecrating the Koran, ending a case that had cast a spotlight on the country's controversial blasphemy law and renewed questions about the treatment of minorities.

The Islamabad High Court concluded there was no evidence to support allegations that Rimsha Masih, 14, had ripped pages from the Koran on Aug. 16 and burned them, said one of her lawyers, Akmal Waheed Bhatti.

Rimsha spent three weeks in jail but was later freed on bail after police came across evidence they say shows an imam at a mosque in her neighborhood had  ripped pages from a copy of the Koran and planted them in a bag of ashes and trash that the girl was taking to a garbage bin.