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Down's syndrome girl arrested

2012-08-19 13:11

Islamabad - The arrest of a girl with Down's syndrome in Pakistan for allegedly burning pages from the Qur'an has prompted fears of a backlash in her Christian community, police said on Sunday.

The 11-year-old was arrested late on Thursday in the predominantly Christian slum of Meherabadi in Islamabad after locals laid a complaint with police, area police officer Qasim Niazi told dpa.

"Some local people had seen her burning pages of Holy Qur'an in front of her home, they captured her and brought to police station," said Niazi.

The girl had been unable to answer the questions during police interrogation and medical examination confirmed she had Down's syndrome.

The incident, which is still under investigation, prompted Christians in Meherabadi to flee due to fears of a backlash from the Muslim population.

Blasphemy carries the death penalty in Pakistan.

The laws enacted under military ruler Zaiul Haq in the 1980s are seen to be open to abuse and have been under the spotlight since the assassination of Salman Tasee, a governor of Punjab, in 2011.

Tasee had criticised the blasphemy laws after a Christian woman was sentenced to death at a trial.

Comments
  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-08-19 13:44

    Very brave of her

      amir.fernandez.351 - 2012-08-20 00:31

      gieljam, it was most likely a coward idiot who told her to do it! Show how brave you are and stand in her place for the punishment! As a muslim and a proud uncle of a 15yr old down's syndrome girl, i do not condone acts of this extremist nature, more so if the person is challenged!

  • phoenix.px.5 - 2012-08-19 13:50

    ... and religious stupidity reaches new heights of idiocy.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-19 14:00

      This is actually a case of political power using religion. Whenever you mix politics with extreme ideology you get this sort of thing. Look at Communism and the millions that were exterminated by their leaders etc. The same happens when politicians use Christianity or Islam. Religion belongs in churches and the hearts of people.

  • marleze.baartman - 2012-08-19 14:04

    11years old and Down's, are these people for real?

  • zaks2217 - 2012-08-19 14:32

    They will release this girl coz she is retarded.

      hermann.hanekom - 2012-08-19 14:52

      No they are not retarded, they are different or is it that we are different. Go Google and research Down Syndrome, don't simply come with statement sucked out of your thumb.

      sean.goldie.9 - 2012-08-19 19:57

      You will be "delivered" because you are RETARDED

      amir.fernandez.351 - 2012-08-20 00:00

      delusional. Take off you blinkers and you shall find fundamentalist in the followers of abraham, moses, mary, budha satan, the queen, the pope and the american flag! My 15yr old niece is down's syndrome and not retarded in fact you would never have posted your comment if you heard her respomse to this! Oh and we are muslim!

  • rosemarie.slomp - 2012-08-19 14:40

    please all of you.....the child is mentally handicapped !!!!! Blame one chromozone and nothing else, as she is just not accountable for tearing paper. those of you who have or had little ones or even yourself in your childhood....the sound of tearing paper was/is fascinating. Do not use hurtful words because the child is Godgiven in her own way. Thank you from a mother with a mentally handicapped child !!!

      hermann.hanekom - 2012-08-19 14:53

      No they are not retarded, they are different or is it that we are different. Go Google and research Down Syndrome, don't simply come with statement sucked out of your thumb.

      barry.mcbride - 2012-08-19 15:51

      @HermannH: Where did rosemarie.slomp use the word “retarded”, as the term ‘mentally handicapped' implies any type of serious mental disability? Anyway, whether disabled or not, shouldn’t make any difference because she’s only eleven years old.

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-08-19 15:34

    Any religion that is so afraid of being challenged that it has to kill others is pathetic. Sadly that is the history of all religions. We support reactionary false religions instead of debunking them

      zaks2217 - 2012-08-19 17:50

      Islam is the true way and u will find out from Jesus himself when he returns. You will say oh christ come to us and he will say he is not of the polythiests who ascribe partners to God.

      bob.macphearson - 2012-08-19 19:58

      zaks what the hell are you going on about? Are you on drugs?

      zaks2217 - 2012-08-19 21:46

      Nothing Bob I just like to make the people little bit excited lol

      amir.fernandez.351 - 2012-08-21 06:11

      judith. If You dont challenge or debunk these religions you wont get a reaction! How pathetic is yours that you have to disproof another to make yours work? Just live your life the way you want to and mind you own business and allow others to do the same!. now to get back to the real topic, I do not condone the way this young girl are dealt with just as i dont condone insulting peoples choice of believe!

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-08-19 16:48

    Can you imagine how bad this religion must be to condemn a mentally retarded child to death for absolutely nothing! Wow give me Africa anyday our Africans at least have a heart.

      zaks2217 - 2012-08-19 18:29

      This girl must have had ignorant parents like Jack here. Teaching their kids to disrespect Islam. I hope your kid accepts Islam one day and that will make you piss on yourself.

      amir.fernandez.351 - 2012-08-19 22:58

      really hannah? I am muslim, has a niece that is down's syndrome, and will seriously harm anyone trying to hurt her! Your imagination is running wild! In south africa it had happend that two women raped a retarded boy. Several times i have reponded on news24 when mentally challenged girls were taken advantage off, when the elderly was raped in their homes and when children were killed for no good reason! When sadly, infants are abondoned and left for death! What nonsense are you talking about? I am one of those muslims who have distanced myself from extremist, fundamentalist and bigots like you!

  • dean.ramjoomia - 2012-08-19 20:50

    The follower of islam really present themselves as very insure with regard to there belief thus feel the need to so know and then Threatened the world or at least try doing so well such a pity there main enemies, USA and Israel countless times called there blaf just for them to do nothing so don't be bothered by threatening and intermediate noises from dump zaks.

      amir.fernandez.351 - 2012-08-19 22:38

      ramjerkoff! You cant be too bright essay! it's like me saying - all people with same name as you, are as stupid as you! I have a niece who is down's syndrome and would hurt any amigo trying to lay a hand on her! This fundamentalist does not represent all of islam and that should be obvious! Get to know facts about something before you open your hole! what the US and israel got to do with this unfortunate girl in pakistan, heh! It sounds like you are the dum ass!

  • Maemarous - 2012-08-19 21:13

    Stupid idiots! Why don't they desecrate the bible, then they'll be even! Always baying for blood! They must leave the girl alone.

      zaks2217 - 2012-08-19 21:37

      Did u knw that muslims believe the unaltered bible is the word of God and accept Jesus as Gods messenger? He is refered to in the Quran as the messiah and is mentioned many more times than Muhammad! A muslim would not dare desecrate the bible and stoop to that level!

      amir.fernandez.351 - 2012-08-19 23:44

      megamoron, or that's what it sounds like! Are you suggesting an eye for an eye? .......Always baying for blood? You sound like the kind of guy that readily roll over when someone has attacked you, taken you livelyhood , broken your house down and killed most of your family and friends.... No doubt you will turn the other cheek! I am a muslim and wouldnt dream of desecrating the bible , to suggest such a dreadfull thing sounds like the kind of thing a stupid idiot would do! i do however agree with you about leaving the girl alone!

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