August 20th, 2012
11:40 AM ET

Girl held on Pakistan blasphemy charge

By Katie Hunt and Nasir Habib, CNN

(CNN) - An 11-year-old Christian girl has been arrested and detained on charges of blasphemy for allegedly desecrating pages from the Quran in the Pakistan capital Islamabad.

According to a statement released by the President's office on Sunday, the girl, identified as Ramsha, was accused by a local resident of burning pages of the Muslim holy text after she gathered paper as fuel for cooking.

Local media reports said the girl has Down syndrome. CNN was unable to confirm these reports, however Qasim Niazi, the police officer in charge of the police station near where the incident took place, said the girl did not have a mental disorder but was illiterate and had not attended school.

The accused girl had told him she had no idea there were pages of the Quran inside the documents she burnt, he added.

Niazi said that 150 people had gathered on Friday where the neighborhood's Christian population lived and threatened to burn down their houses.

"The mob wanted to burn the girl to give her a lesson," he told CNN.

Other Christian families living in the area have fled fearing a backlash, he added.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Islam • Islamic law • Pakistan • Quran

soundoff (383 Responses)
  1. Apple

    There is no longer anything wrong about burning a book as long as it's already been uploaded to the cloud...

    August 20, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
  2. Chick-a-dee

    Why is it that the Pakistani Muslims are not punishing the owner of the burned Quran? Assuming that the text is important enough to them for this sort of draconian punishment, why isn't the owner also punished for treating it so carelessly that it was unattended in a place when an unattended child could mistake it for fire material? One would think that an item held in such reverence would be tended carefully. Anyone know the answer?

    August 20, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
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    August 20, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
    • HeavenSent Blog


      Tommie Tom, you smug and prideful atheists better just throw away that users manual. My fridge is broke but the cheese is not too moldy for supper. You have no eyes to see or hear His truth and you will be blotted out for eternity writing your filth with snakes in your Belly.


      August 20, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
  4. Anon

    I think that girl is going to get hurt or executed soon by Muslim zealots.
    One thing to ponder, who the fu*k gave her Jesus-juice in the first place knowing her mental condition?

    August 20, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
  5. kjrussell

    So does anyone remember the Mosque that was burned down in TN?
    All religions seem to breed hate.

    I still believe that if there was one all powerful god, there would be one religion.

    August 20, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  6. William Demuth

    Clinton likes to say he prevented nuclear war between India and Pakistan.

    Shame really, we would have been spared 9-11, and at least two wars.

    I suggest a new policy.

    Be it the Middle East, the far East, Africa, or even Chicago, when teams of Animals want to slaughter each other, we should encourage them.

    Otherwise it is our country that pays the price.

    August 20, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • Really-O?

      @William Demuth –

      I have the profound sense you've spent little time examining that position.

      August 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • krm1007


      Actually I have.

      A sixty percent casualty rate is more than acceptable as long as I am not in the 60 percent.

      But I do concede that Dengue hemorrhagic fever would probably be a less messy alternative.

      August 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  7. jimmer

    The next thing you know these crazy muslims will be claiming that you can't get pregnant if you are legitimately r a p e d.

    August 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • Anon

      I think they already do.

      August 20, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  8. krm1007 ©™

    BREAKING NEWS! Pakistani Generals have fled to neighboring India, carrying with them are nuclear code. It all started while current Pakistani President refused to share loot money with Army Generals.

    August 20, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
    • krm1007

      Look, I infringed on your copyrite

      August 20, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • krm1007

      Pardon my poor English. It's OUR nuclear codes. Never mind. I'm always an idiot.

      August 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • krm1007 ©™

      how dare you stealing my screen name? Mohammad [clap clap], Ahmed [clap, clap] Amjad where is everybody? can someone burn a house of this guy?

      August 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  9. HeavenSent

    End of days taught in Jesus' truth is nothing new to Christians. You athiests are just another rock. Nothing new under the sun but you insist on your lies having wings to fly. You are still a pigeon. I keep my feces in plastic bags. The entire MO behind the atheist is to throw out as many lies and see what sticks. Help me find my dead cats. Debating is the atheists game.


    August 20, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
    • krm1007

      How many "end days" do you need ? I would have thought a few thousand years worth might have been enough. Can you get off that crap now ?

      August 20, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      "The entire MO behind the atheist is to throw out as many lies and see what sticks."

      Yet you continue to perpetuate myths created by a bunch of men over many years then edited by more men to control people and gain wealth. pot...meet kettle.

      August 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      @religion; a way to control the weak minded

      You athiests will have a personal worm that feeds off you and is never quenched, for eternity. I think my mouse is stuck in my belly button. You all keep believing the lies of satan that you will be collectively mini-gods. It smells of sick in here. Do as the atheists do in this country to ensure the USA goes belly up.


      August 20, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
    • krm1007

      If you'd stop smelling your belly button, it would not stink in here. Now straighten up, and fly right.
      Carnality forever. Amen.

      August 20, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • HeavenSent


      and you stop heating your head on floor too. Now like a good boy, wash yourself daily, not wait until the day of jummah.

      August 20, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
  10. Reality

    The stupidity, terror and horror of Islam never ends. Is there a peaceful and easy solution?

    See p. 1 for one solution:

    August 20, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  11. Reprinted With Permission ©


    A recent report by United Press trust of India (UPI) stated that during the past three years more than 2,500 young boys and girls were sacrificed to goddess Kali in India. Another of AFP's recent reports say: hundreds of young boys and virgin girls are sacrificed every month for the deity Kali. In one case Rama Sewak hacked his eight year old son to death in broad daylight in Delhi because goddess Kali had told him he would come back to life and bring him good fortune. Bloodthirsty Kali is worshipped openly the length and breadth of India. Kali's statue stands naked astride the inanimate body of the Hindu deity Shiva, tongue stuck out with blood dripping from fang-like teeth. She holds a noose, a skull-topped staff, a blood-encrusted sword and a severed head. She is also known as Durga, Devi, Shaktima, Uma and Parvathi in other manifestations. The priest of Delhi, Kali Bari, says that a child sacrificed to Kali ensures a man the birth of a son. Human sacrifices are also made to these gods or goddesses, either to appease them or to ask favours of them.

    August 20, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • William Demuth


      Send them some Pakistani's!

      August 20, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • Reprinted With Permission ©

      further more I like to add, a recent report by United Nation watch group stated that during the past three years more than 5000 under privileged young boys and girls were molested by rich muslim males, protected under a system called Buchha-Bazi in Pakistan and Middle East. Another of AFP's recent reports say: hundreds of young virgin girls were sacrificed every month to keep up the demands by qualifying suicide bombers in Zinnat (heaven) by Prophet Mohammad.

      August 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
    • Huebert

      I might believe you if you sounded less like a psychotic conspiracy theorist. But even if I did believe you, I would still have to ask; what the fcuk does this have to do with the article?

      August 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • what the fcuk does this have to do with the article?


      these are the same murderous group of people ready to burn a house of a little non-muslim girl, trying to finish a work started by a Mad Man Mohammad almost 1600 years ago.

      August 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
    • Huebert

      "The same group of people" What do you mean by that? Do you mean that the members of this mob are wealthy pedophiles who are protected by the Buchha-Bazi system, what ever that is? Or do you mean that these are the very same people who are sacrificing "hundreds of virgin girls a month"?

      Or do you simply mean that both groups are Muslim? Because if that is the case the connection is pathetically weak, and you know it.

      August 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • connection is pathetically weak

      weak or strong, smart guys like you always figure it out. Good job wannabe Huebert!

      August 20, 2012 at 5:17 pm |

    New, More Dangerous Hindu Extremist Groups Emerge in India that are terrorising Christians and Jews

    Christians concerned as rightwing factions splinter to form militant outfits.
    PUNE, India, October 29 (CDN) — After more than a decade of severe persecution, India’s Christian minority is growing increasingly concerned over the mushrooming of newer and deadlier Hindu extremist groups.

    Gone are the days when Christians had to watch out only for the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council) and its youth wing, Bajrang Dal, which are closely linked with the most influential Hindu extremist umbrella organization, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). With voter support faltering for the RSS’s political wing, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), moderate and extremist sections within the Hindu nationalist movement are blaming each other, and militant splinter groups have emerged.

    August 20, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Having known members of all the cults, the main issue I have with Hindu's is the smell of their cooking.

      Otherwise great people, well educated, driven to achieve.

      But the curry stank can make your nose bleed.

      Unlike the Fundies, they don't knock on your door, so in my eyes that makes them a better addition to the neighborhood than an Evangelical.

      August 20, 2012 at 3:09 pm |

    In some Haryana villages in India, the young girls are routinely threatened, abused and killed all under Khap (tribe/clan) verdicts. It is acceptable for the families to feed pesticide pills to the teenage girls and then dispose off their bodies by burning them without any police records.

    August 20, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  14. Rainer Braendlein

    If someone would burn my own, personal Bible edition, I would not require the state or anybody to punish him. At most I would wish that the "torch" pays my Bible, so that I can buy a new edition.

    Let us use the common sense: If someone burns an edition of the Koran, he or she doesn't burn the worldwide saved text of the Koran, but only one ridiculous edition. Assumed I would burn one edition of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, I would not destroy the whole work Romeo and Juliet which is saved worldwide.

    Hence, the Muslims should not upset too much about such a small incident. There a billions of Koran editions on earth, and it is easy to replace the burned one.

    Which book is more trustworthy? The Bible or the Koran?

    I have read both books, and must say that the Bible is absolutely trustworthy, but the Koran is a cheap novelette in comparison with the Bible.

    The Bible contains very much historical information. In the Bible you can find information about many people which have really existed, furthermore informations about many real historical events and places. The Bible is a book which really refers to the real life, real earth, real world and real human society. The Bible is associated with our real life, it is not delusional.

    In contrast the Koran can be summed up to one ridiculous statement: There is no God but God, and Muhammad is his prophet. Can anybody tell me what this has to do with the history of the world before 610 a. D when Muhammad started to preach the "Religion of Truth"?

    The true Religion: Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God or God himself. He became man, and has borne our sins on the cross. If we believe that, and get sacramentally baptized, we get delivered and receive forgiveness. After baptism our old man of sin has died, and we are "in Christ". "In Christ" we can overcome the lust of our body, and love God and our neighbour.


    August 20, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • Einsturzende Neubauten

      Let us use some common sense:

      Comparative Mythology 101

      Horus: Egyptian, 6000 BC
      Dionysus: Greek, 1500 BC
      Attis: Greek, 1200 BC
      Mithra: Zoroastrian, 600 BC
      Krishna: Hindu, 400 BC
      Jesus: Christian, 30 AD
      A) Born on Dec. 25 – Horus, Attis, Krishna, Dionysus, Mithra, Jesus (by way of plagiarizing a Pagan holiday
      B) Virgin Birth – Horus, Attis, Krishna, Dionysus, Mithra, Jesus
      C) Sign of Star in the East – Horus, Krishna, Jesus
      D) Adorned by 3 Kings – Horus, Jesus
      E) Teacher at age 12 – Horus, Mithra, Jesus
      F) Ministry started at 30 – Horus, Jesus
      G) 12 Disciples – Horus, Mithra, Jesus
      H) Traveled with Disciples Performing Miracles – Horus, Krishna, Dionysus, Mithra, Jesus
      I) AKA The Truth, the Light, God’s Shepherd – Horus, Dionysus, Mithra, Jesus
      J) Betrayed – Horus, Mithra, Jesus
      K) Crucified – Horus, Attis, Mithra, Jesus
      L) Buried 3 days – Horus, Attis, Mithra, Jesus
      M) Resurrected – Horus, Attis, Krishna, Dionysus, Mithra, Jesus

      August 20, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      That's because your faith is fixed on something other than the objects that are the trappings of religion, Rainer. Not all Christians can say that. I was in a large Catholic church in Montreal a few days ago. At the center of the church is a large glass case with the founder's actual heart in it.

      August 20, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • realbuckyball

      And guess what city just "happened" to be a hot-bed of Mithraism ?
      Hmmm ?

      August 20, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
    • Single Mom of Mohammad Dar

      @realbuckyball – where are you my son? Please come home, I am missing you – ddpp

      August 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
    • krm1007

      What is ddpp?

      August 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • umm

      I don't know about other pagan gods mentioned, but at least about Krishna, you only got one mythological fact correct (star in the east).

      He was not born on Dec 25th (born in early fall, according to Indian calender),
      was not born to a virgin(born in a prison where both the mom n dad were put in),
      did not roam with disciples (he was a king in all traditional sense), and
      he was not resurrected (dead from an arrow to his toe)!

      August 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • billdeacons

      Accuracy is not important. Only repetiition

      August 20, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
  15. HeavenSent

    Whats wrong with burning Koreans?

    August 20, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      @Phony HeavenSetn

      Scotty you and the minions of satan believe in the man-made lies of the talmud. For God's truth you should read Jesus’ letter, the Bible. I still can't find my lady parts. Jesus Christ's truth are resurrected to eternity. I am flying with Evil.


      August 20, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • realbuckyball

      What's all this I hear about burning Koreans ?


      August 20, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • Whats wrong with burning Koreans?

      Chinese made Korans are printed on papers that smell like rotten eggs when burn, offensive to many muslims.

      August 20, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      "Scotty you and the minions of satan believe in the man-made lies of the talmud"

      LOL your entire holy book is MAN-MADE. Get over yourself.

      August 20, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
    • HeavenRefused

      burning Koreans is a Chinese pastimes.

      August 20, 2012 at 9:37 pm |
  16. Ting

    Those people have nuclear weapons. Humans may eventually become extinct because of religion.

    August 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • Huebert

      If so, I'm going to make sure that my carbon score reads "called it".

      August 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • BRC

      I will do my best to be burned into the wall as a symbol- the eternal facepalm.

      August 20, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  17. Rainer Braendlein


    August 20, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • can someone burn her face?

      She is shaming all Muslims by showing her face in public.

      August 20, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  18. Rainer Braendlein

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p92uOTF6Tho&w=420&h=315%5D

    August 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  19. HeavenSent

    Tom Tom you athiests are too blind to see His truth whether I write it in street language or scripture form. Jesus told us to send r-apists and murderers back to Him. I would poop in my bathroom but it is still broken. Atheists lie when they talk about freedom of speech. Scott ran off all the Christians from the other site he oversaw.


    August 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • Dan

      This post is poorly written and fragmented. I can not even begin to understand what exactly it is that you are attacking, other then atheists. FYI this article was about muslim discrimination against christians.

      August 20, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • HeavenSent


      You athiests should start reading Jesus' letter to us the Holy Bible. My breath smells like cat food. Otherwise you will burn burn burn in all eternity while your own personal worm eats your fat drippings in your father's home, hell.


      August 20, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • Honey Badger Dont Care

      Most people become atheists because they HAVE read the bible. Read it with a truely open mind, instead of with a hole in your head, and you will see what it really is. A poorly written work of fiction.

      August 20, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • Lucy

      The fake HeavenSent is really on a roll today. My fave is still the 'lady parts' comments...

      August 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
    • jimmer

      My favorite from one of the fake HeavenSents was...

      "My rectum hurts but my dog seems happy"

      August 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  20. Portland tony

    If the Christian girl was truely illiterate, this a lot about the Pakistani Christian community. Plus, these zealots that are prosecuting her, need to get a job and probably a real life. It's hard to believe, that a nuclear armed nation, like Pakistan still has rural areas that are in the stone age.

    August 20, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      It is being reported that she has down's syndrome. So, that may explain the illiteracy

      August 20, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • Honey Badger Dont Care

      That, and being in Pakistan.

      August 20, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • Lucy

      She's guilty of being Christian and female in Pakistan.

      August 20, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • jimmer

      "still has rural areas that are in the stone age"

      All of pakistan is in the stone age.

      August 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
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