Can a girl reported to be as young as 11 commit blasphemy? And in Pakistan, where blasphemy is punishable by death, should the law even apply? Last week’s arrest of Rimsha Masih, a girl reported to have Down’s Syndrome, is re-igniting Pakistan’s national debate about religious freedom.
News of the arrest of Rimsha Masih in Islamabad spread quickly during the weekend of Aug. 17-19. As the news event rapidly unfolded, World Watch Monitor rounded up the wide number of news reports, selected the most useful information from each, and organised the material in a single report hosted at the website Storify.
You can read the Storify report here. It is being updated as new information comes out.