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. Noodles


    “Hindus worship genitals (rub your eyes!) of their gods! Linga is a representation of Shiva's phallus.

    Hindus worship cows is well known. Did you know that they also worship monkeys (hanuman), elephants (Ganesh), rats (mount of Ganesh), snakes etc.? For all the intellect that human beings were given, Hindus decided to make themselves subservient to crawling animals!

    August 24, 2012 at 10:12 am |
    • Noodles

      Jezuz, these hindus are reptiles to begin with...snakes to put it mildly. Can't have them for pets or friends. I rather have pigs. Yikeeeeesss !!

      August 24, 2012 at 10:15 am |
    • Barry

      Hey Noods, so the indian mothers, sisters, daughters, wives go to temples and bow down to shiva's phallus? why not to mine? maybe those indian womenfolk in USA can come to me ! LOL !!!

      August 24, 2012 at 10:53 am |
    • Honey Badger Dont Care

      No less crazy than thinking that snakes an donkeys can talk and that zombies can fly up into the sky.

      August 24, 2012 at 11:07 am |
    • Dick Power

      I am Mohammad Lodawala from Pakistan. I make my first cousin to worship my dick. She surrenders in five minutes, dick is irresistible toy to her like many se xually deprived Pakistani girls. Dick Power! Dick Power!


      August 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • Heath

      Hey Dicky, you sound like your uncle Mahatma Gandhi...banging underage girls and boys at night and goats in the day. Hope you haven't gotten HIV AIDS like Gandhi did.

      August 24, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  2. Dil Dil Pakistan

    dal, biscut, bhajia garam le lo Saab, thanda pani, chai garm Saab, bislerry lelo Sir, samosas, pancakes, pakoras, tea taja garam le lo saab

    hello, I am Raheem Khan of Pakistan, my job is to sell unhygienic food and drinks at Karachi Cantonment Station. Saab papi petke liye karte hai Saab. Far a ss Pakistani politicians are eating cream while we eat crap sir. Politician and Pakistani elites have fvck the country up Sir.

    August 23, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
    • Irfan Khwaja

      Two years back I went to Pakistan with my kids, they wanted to try Pakistani Kabob Samosa so they picked up Samosa and coca-cola at the Karachi station, and within 24 hours, they were admitted to ICU, 15 days later we booked return tickets to USA. My kids sworn on my third wife's grave, they would never go back to Pakistan. They say our landfills are more cleaner than Pakistani railway stations.

      August 23, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
    • Mohsheen Daroowala

      I have seen PIGS! man PIGS! roaming around on the Pakistani railway platform. The people who run food stalls sometime grab these pigs cut them into pieces and make shush kabob. it is true story. I eat pork so it wasn't a big deal.

      August 23, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
    • Zainab_Uttar Pradesh_India

      @dil, irfan, mohsheen are hindu indians posing in muslim names. indians are obsessed with pakistan. take it from me. We minorities in india are now revolting against the indian state and want a separate country for ourselves.

      August 24, 2012 at 10:51 am |
  3. Keith

    Where's the outrage from the so-called peaceful, tolerant muslims? Why aren't they asking for the release of this girl? Or is it the policy of islam to make war on retarded children?

    August 23, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
    • Keith

      What a Satanic religion islam is. Mohammed must have been demon-posessed.

      August 23, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
    • Heath

      Bizarre child-burying Hindu ceremony in India
      Indian police have charged 80 people for burying children alive in an ancient Hindu ceremony known as "the festival of pits."
      The ceremony, in which children - some less than a year old - are buried alive briefly and then dug up, happened on Monday in southern Tamil Nadu state, The Asian Age reported on Thursday.

      Every two years, parents who have vowed to bury their first-born if they are blessed with a child, take part in the Kuzhimattru Thiru Vizha ceremony.
      The children are drugged to make them unconscious and placed in shallow "graves" in temple courtyards.
      The pits are covered with leaves and dirt and the children are pulled out after Hindu priests chant a brief prayer - lasting up to a minute.

      August 24, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  4. Keith

    I can't believe that cnn would do a story that would even begin to portray islam as it really is. Normally, cnn just gives you "islam lite". Now maybe they'll do a story of all the Egyptian Coptic Christians who will be killed on Friday thanks to Obama, Hillary, and Morsi. They are crucifying dissenters on trees in front ot the presidential palace. How awesome, huh? I can't wait for Christ's return and the END of islam. I'll bet that girl in Pakistan and Asia Bibi can't wait either.

    August 23, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
  5. Chicken Ranch....India

    The Aghori or Aghouri is a Hindu cult that is considered to have split off from the Kapalika order in the fourteenth century AD. They have cannibalistic rituals. The streets of northern Indian cities are littered with followers of this cult carrying a kapala, which is a cup made from a skull! These bizarre people will eat anything from rotten food to animal faeces. In order to achieve the highest citadel of enlightenment, the Aghori will perform horrendously crude rituals. The finality of their rituals is attained from eating the decaying flesh of a human.

    August 23, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • Cannibalism - India Style

      Was Gandhi buried or these punks ate him up too?

      August 23, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
    • Freize

      @Cannibalism...I believe Gandhi was frozen up and is on display in Chandigarh, Punchkula Museum, which was designed by Le Corbusier. People who have seen Gandhi's skeleton say he appears to be suffering from AIDS. Figures...after banging all the underage boys thorugh his life.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
  6. Pig Farm....Pakistan

    I am a Texas rancher and some SOB from embassy told me to start a pig farm here in Pakistan. Pakistani embassy lied to me for business opportunities in Pakistan. I am holding 500 pigs on my farm, they are getting fatter by day like Pakistani people eating free food. Can someone suggest a illegal pig dumping place here in Pakistan? I want to dump these fat pigs and go home. Someone told me dump them in big Pakistani cities, there are millions of pigs living in Karach, Lahor cities, so very likely my 500 fat pigs will go unnoticed. Help me please!

    August 23, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
    • Brocius

      Yes, there is an Indian Hindu mandir (temple) in guru mandir karachi where lots of hindus live as a flop house. They look like pigs, live like pigs, are pigs and would love to get your pigs. hare om hare om

      August 23, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • Where is the Beef?

      Hey cowboy....raise some cattle...pigs are for p@ssies !! Git ?

      August 23, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
    • Cattle Rancher

      Big man....you seem to be all hat no chief. What kind of Texan raises pigs? You my boy are a soft belly..... a disgrace to Texas. Move to North Carolina

      August 23, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
    • Jerry Sandusky and Mahatma Gandhi - Strange Bedfellows

      Why don't you bury those pigs next to Gandhi. Gandhi was a boy banger when alive and can be a pig banger in his grave.

      August 23, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • Pig Farm....Pakistan

      Thanks fellers!! Brocius boy you'r funny rattler. hehehehe someone told me donet these beasts to local mosques or somethin. folks down there in Pekistani'r like varmit n will eat anythin.

      August 24, 2012 at 9:42 am |
    • Southern Boy

      To Piggy & To all Indians...."Ya'll, Now git back in line before I kick you so hard you'll be wearin your @ss for a hat."

      August 24, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  7. krm1007 ©™

    Chan garma garam Chnna Saaab.

    Saab I am Pakistani and selling hot cheack peas on this board. Saab Sir please buy some chana from this poor guy please Sir! May Allah taala gives you more money. Help poor people of Pakistan Sir!

    August 23, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • Lolitta Banu

      Oh my God oh my god you are selling channa on line to make living while some fat a ss bums of corrupt politicians sitting behind computers and demonizing people around the world! May Allah Talla give you success.

      August 23, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
    • Jerry Sandusky and Mahatma Gandhi - Strange Bedfellows

      India has among the highest numbers of hungry children in the world-nearly double that of sub-Saharan Africa. Even Ethiopia is placed ahead of India (94th) in the Global Hunger Index

      August 23, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
    • Jerry Sandusky and Mahatma Gandhi - Strange Bedfellows

      @mahatma gandhi... how many hindu boys did you bang in your grave today????? Sir???? Peace...ma man !!!

      August 23, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
  8. Chicken Ranch....India

    Why does Ganesh the hindu god have a snout? To hose down young girls....aka "Devadasi System". So much against everything Americans and America stands for. US Presidential candidates need to make their stance clear on why American taxpayers should be footing the bills for this country and giving them aid when their values are sooo opposite the Americans.

    August 23, 2012 at 9:50 am |
    • J James Jones

      I am sick and tired of footing bills for India as an american taxpayer. No more aid for India or anyone else in that region. We need to take care of those hurting in USA.

      August 23, 2012 at 10:48 am |
  9. Chicken Ranch....India

    We are Hindus from India,
    We sponsor, harbor, finance and spread terrorism in the world
    Our culture is Hinduism which is nothing but a cult

    August 23, 2012 at 9:43 am |
    • Brocius

      Tell us what we don't already know. I would not trust Indians even with my dog. They are just not dependable people and will stab you in the back the first chance they get a la Sivaji...their national hero who betrayed everyone that came his way.

      August 23, 2012 at 10:54 am |
  10. Keith

    Wow! I wish we had a mosque on every city block! Isn't this religion of "peace and tolerance" just wonderful? Hey, maybe we could be like the muslim brotherhood in Egypt-why they're crucifying those who oppose them on trees in front of Morsi's presidential palace. (Did the Belief Blog do a story on that yet?) I'm soooo happy Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama brought "democracy" to Egypt and put Morsi and the mb in charge. Did you hear they've violated the Camp David accord by placing tanks in the Sinai Peninsula?

    August 23, 2012 at 9:00 am |
    • Sheikh Abar Al Huseine

      Dubai, the city of beautiful mosques is building another splendid one uptown. Please feel free to visit it. Mosques are open to people of all religion and creed and race.

      August 23, 2012 at 10:50 am |
  11. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    August 23, 2012 at 7:49 am |
    • kindless

      Not true actually. It's really best for all people including children to have an agnostic approach to god, and an atheistic approach to all religion. Teaching kids to be agnostic helps reinforce their understanding of the new real things they can see and learn about in life. It helps them properly separate the known from the unknown without confusing them. They just need to be taught things that are unknown, like god, and things that are made up, like all religion.

      Atheists have strong minds, and don't run and hide their misdeeds within their religion (and by doing so, disserving society).

      Prayer is really just a time-sucker-upper. The best time to think about someone who is ill or just someone else you wish well is – well any time you can think about them or actually do something for them with your strong mind. So don't weaken your mind by adding in make-believe characters.

      We have only begun to scratch the surface in using the mind to its maximum, and damaging it with made-up junk that politicians and salesmen dreamed up long ago is senseless, and as history has shown, is dangerous to society.

      old mama kindless

      August 23, 2012 at 9:04 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs .

      August 23, 2012 at 10:35 am |
  12. Reality

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

    See p. 1 for one solution

    August 23, 2012 at 7:41 am |
  13. krm1007 ©™

    Sir we Pakis are the smartest people in the world; let me list few of our achievements:

    we invented electri city
    we invented rail ways
    we invented airo planes
    we invented motor cycles
    we invented teli phones

    eeeeh I just crap in my pant. I had bad food in UN refugee camp over by the open sewer line.

    August 22, 2012 at 10:31 pm |
    • Chicken Ranch....India

      Well, then send a hindu brahim to clean up the pants....sir....not too complicated is it...eh ?

      August 23, 2012 at 9:51 am |
  14. krm1007 ©™

    hello my non-muslim Kafir friends,

    Good morning sir! How are you Sir? I am Karim from Pakistan. This morning I woke up with a really bad stomach ache, I guess it was from free food we ate in UN refugee camps. Sir we have computers, we have iPhones, and cars, and Taxis (wink wink it means women in Pakistan). Pakistan is paradise if you have money (wink wink black money) and.....

    oh my god I'm having bad cramps in my stomach....American/UN free food sucks.

    August 22, 2012 at 10:22 pm |
    • Chicken Ranch....India

      Good Morning to you too, Sir....have you exhumed Gandhi's body yet to test him for HIV AIDS? It is all over CNN that like jerry sandusky he was banging two boys at a time while spinning wheels during daytime. All in the name of peace and Krishna !!!

      August 23, 2012 at 9:53 am |
    • Why People Call Us Stupid Bums?

      only Paki mosque goers believe Osama bin Laden was burned and Gandhi was burried.

      August 23, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  15. Chicken Ranch....India

    INDIA: On a Goat and a Stick:

    The problem with India is that is built on a system of cultural and societal values based on Hinduism which is a cult. Nations built on a cult seldom survive in the long run. You can only take it so far based on symbolisms of a goat and a stick with a skinny little man aka gandhi banging boys at night and spinning wheels during daytime.

    August 22, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
  16. A Pedophile Hindu Called Gandhi

    Sadly Gandhi
    Among the various charges disclosed in the book: Gandhi not only slept in beds with young women under the age of 18, but also engaged in a long-term, gay affair with German-Jewish architect and bodybuilder Hermann Kallenbach, for whom India's peace icon at one point left his wife in 1908. As the Wall Street Journal reports: Gandhi was banging two young boys at a time in the name of "Peace".

    August 22, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
  17. Cut to the Chase

    This goddess was married to five brothers. Which one would become the legitimate father of his child should she have one? Dr Charles (renowned author and an authority on India) says that instances of incest are common in Hindu scriptures.

    August 22, 2012 at 7:17 pm |

    hi guys,

    Is there any soup kitchen or meals on wheels around DC area? I have many Pakistani friends and they could use some free food!!


    August 22, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • Monsignor McIntosh

      Send the food to India, please. In the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

      According to the new measure called the Multi-dimensional Poverty Index (MPI) developed by UNDP acute poverty prevails in eight Indian states which includes Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. They account for more poor people than in the 26 poorest African nations combined.

      August 22, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • Jackie

      In India people are dying of hunger. Why are these low caste Hindus prohibited from eating beef? In India cow meat is cheaper than other available meats. Instead of these Brahmins taking care of the low caste peoples of India they are doing their best to save their “holy” cows. According to Valmith’s Ramayana, God Rama “ATE” meat. Why then have these Brahmins given up beef-eating? Come on guys, feed the low caste in India with some steaks !!!

      August 22, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
    • Tarp


      India has among the highest numbers of hungry children in the world-nearly double that of sub-Saharan Africa. Even Ethiopia is placed ahead of India (94th). Send the left over beef from restaurants in NYC to India

      August 22, 2012 at 7:25 pm |

      hey Monsignor McIntosh, Multi-dimensional Poverty Index shove it up your crapy a sssss.

      August 22, 2012 at 10:58 pm |
  19. derp

    I am curious what sharia law says about young girls who get re ped and impregnated. Do they have to have the baby?

    August 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • Tarp

      HINDU GODDESS PANCHALI: The r@pe of the deity.
      This goddess was married to five brothers. Which one would become the legitimate father of his child should she have one? Such instances of incest are common in Hindu scriptures. Hope this helps ya.

      August 22, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
  20. Som

    Counsel her and forgiveness is the only way,because as per Islam`s formless philosophy, allah the final truth, is every where and in the girl also.To harm or screwed innocent one is equivalent to insult allah,a more deadly crime than the innocent girl`s action.

    August 22, 2012 at 6:17 am |
    • Wyatt Earp

      Is Wyatt in the house???

      If the Hindu man's wife dies, he is free to go and find another beautiful woman when he wants. But if the Hindu woman's husband dies, not only is she prohibited to remarry but she should be cremated along with her dead husband ("Sati").

      August 22, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
    • Chicken Ranch....India


      In India, the practice of dedicating young girls at childhood to a goddess, and their initiation into the profession of ill repute when they attain puberty continues to thrive.

      August 22, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
    • Allah Loves Young Girls

      Allah would accept her any place any time with no strings attached.

      August 22, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
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