Doctors determine Rimsha Masih is a minor, which could mean a more lenient sentence
Pakistani medical examiners have concluded that Rimsha Masih, the special-needs Christian girl accused of burning pages of the Quran, is a minor.
Masih, whom doctors determined to be between 13 and 14 years old, faces blasphemy charges, based on a Muslim neighbor’s accusations. Blasphemy can be punished with life in prison or even death. But as a minor, Masih could get a more lenient sentence, if her trial goes to court and she is convicted.
The medical report prompted the court to postpone Masih’s bail hearing, which was set for Tuesday morning.
Hundreds of Christian families have fled the neighborhood where Masih lived, fearing a backlash from their Muslim neighbors. About 300 of the Christians who set up camp in a field outside the capital were evicted from the site Tuesday. Locals burned down their makeshift church.
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