Rimsha with a blanket over her head being escorted by a policewoman
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Life of Pakistan blasphemy case girl 'in danger'

A Pakistani court has ordered a Christian girl, accused of blasphemy, to be held in prison for another fortnight.

Police said they wanted more time to investigate the allegations against the girl, called Rimsha, who is said to have profound learning difficulties.

She was arrested after a Muslim neighbour accused her of desecrating pages of the Koran.

Critics say Pakistan's stringent blasphemy laws are a licence to persecute minorities.

From Islamabad Orla Guerin reports.

  • 31 Aug 2012