Pakistani Christian accused of blasphemy in Canada

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 30, 2013 at 10:54 pm •  Published: June 30, 2013

It's rare for Kenney to comment on individual immigration cases, but he said family members gave their consent to have their story made public.

Kenney said he met with the family in Toronto in April, a few weeks after they arrived.

The case received widespread attention in part because of the girl's young age and questions about her mental abilities. An official medical report at the time put her age at 14, although some of her supporters said she was as young as 11.

The Associated Press is withholding the girl's name because it does not generally identify underage suspects.

Even though the case against her was thrown out, people accused of blasphemy in Pakistan are often subject to vigilante justice. Mobs have been known to attack and kill people accused of blasphemy, and two prominent politicians who have discussed changes to the blasphemy laws have been killed.