The Straits Times
Published on Sep 24, 2012

Pakistan 'blasphemy' girl's case sent to juvenile court


ISLAMABAD (AFP) - A judge on Monday ordered police to refer the case of a Pakistani Christian girl accused of blasphemy to a juvenile court, following a medical report that said she was 14.

Rimsha Masih spent three weeks on remand in an adult jail after she was arrested on Aug 16 for allegedly burning pages from the Quran in a case that prompted worldwide condemnation.

Police on Saturday told the court the girl was not guilty and a cleric who allegedly framed her should face trial instead.

"We have received the medical report which says she is aged 14. The investigation report of her case must be submitted in a juvenile court," a judge said on Monday.