ISLAMABAD - A Christian girl arrested in Pakistan for defaming Islam was granted bail on Friday, a judge said, days after police detained a Muslim cleric on suspicion of planting evidence to frame her.

It was not clear when Rimsha Masih would be released.

Rimsha Masih, whose arrest last month angered religious and secular groups worldwide, may be in danger if she returns from jail to her village.

Under Muslim Pakistan's anti-blasphemy law, the mere allegation of causing offense to Islam can mean death. Those accused are sometimes killed by members of the public even if they are found innocent by the courts.

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