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Spelling error leads to blasphemy charge for Pakistani schoolgirl

Catholic World News - September 27, 2011

A 10-year-old Christian girl in Pakistan has been charged with blasphemy because she misspelled a word in a reference to Mohammed in response to a test question.

Faryal Bhatti was expelled from her school after she wrote the word for "curse" rather than a similar word meaning "hymn of praise" to describe a poem about Mohammed. Her parents have been forced to leave the local community, as Muslim crowds have taken to the streets chanting anti-Christian slogans, after the girl's spelling error was reported to religious leaders.

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  • Posted by: a son of Mary - Sep. 27, 2011 9:46 PM ET USA

    not being an urdu speaker i have no idea what the words look like but can you imagine being kicked out of your community because of this? can you imagine if you heard a story about how the Americans did something to islam so you attacked and killed them? Well it happened in Nov 1979. Some muslim crazies took over the holy mosque in mecca. but the paks, as usual, got it wrong and attacked the us embassy in islamabad and killed USMC Cpl SJ Crowley. Oh yeah and there's UBL in Abbotabad too.

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