Christian boy accused of blasphemy in Karachi

Published: October 11, 2012
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Ryan Stanten was accused of forwarding a text message on October 9 which contained offensive material. PHOTO: FILE

Ryan Stanten was accused of forwarding a text message on October 9 which contained offensive material. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: A 16-year-old Christian boy from Karachi was charged with blasphemy, BBC reported on Thursday.

According to the report, Ryan Stanten was accused of forwarding a text message on October 9 which contained offensive material.

Stanten’s house was ransacked by an angry crowd and burnt their belongings on the street, the report stated.

Earlier, Rimsha Masih was arrested in a poor suburb of Islamabad on August 16 after a neighbour accused her of burning papers containing verses from the Quran, in breach of Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws.

The incident garnered criticism from across the globe.

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  • Arif Khan
    Oct 11, 2012 - 9:23PM

    This happened in a government residential colony.Nobody from outside came and burnt down the house of the christians,it was burnt down by their own neighbours.This was a colony with well-educated,middle class people with govt jobs,this can’t be blamed on illiterate people,this was done by educated,middle class people against one of their own neighbours.
    It’s time to stop living in denial and call a spade a spade.The monsters aren’t at the gates,they’re already amongst us.

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  • Arijit Sharma
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:02PM

    ” … According to the report, Ryan Stanten was accused of forwarding a text message on October 9 which contained offensive material. … “

    Does this person own a prime plot of land ?

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  • IceSoul
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:45PM

    @Arif Khan: If you look closely, most of the hate is coming from middle and upper middle class people. You won’t see daily wage laborers shouting and burning Christian or Ahmedi properties!

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  • Ali
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:48PM

    I guess how we Pakistanis will react when our diaspora is treated like that?????????????Recommend

  • Richard
    Oct 12, 2012 - 7:14PM

    Totally sickening. This has become so commonplace in Pakistan it is not even making international headlines. I’m pretty sure this kid and his family will be murdered soon in or out of prison.
    What a shameful place the land of my birth that I still love has become.

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