The case of a group of Muslims suspected of ransacking a Hindu temple in southern Pakistan, in 2012, was a rare twist on the use of the country’s blasphemy laws, which are more often invoked against supposed offenses to Islam as opposed to minority faiths. The laws, sections of which carry the death penalty or life imprisonment, had drawn renewed international scrutiny that year after a young Christian girl in Islamabad was alleged to have desecrated the Muslim holy book, the Quran. A Muslim cleric Qari Mohammad Khalid Jadoon stood accused of fabricating evidence against the girl, who had been freed on bail and whose mental capacity had been questioned. Police officer Mohammad Hanif said the anti-Hindu attack took place Sept. 21. The government had declared that day a national holiday –a ”Day of Love for the Prophet”– and called on people to demonstrate peacefully against a US-made anti-Islam film that had sparked protests throughout the Muslim world. Those rallies took a violent turn in Pakistan, and more than 20 people were killed. Hanif said dozens of Muslims led by a cleric converged on the outskirts of Karachi in a Hindu neighborhood commonly known as Hindu Goth. The protesters attacked the Sri Krishna Ram temple, broke religious statues, tore up a copy of the Bhagavad Gita, a Hindu scripture, and beat up the temple’s caretaker, Sindha Maharaj. ”The attackers broke the statues of (Hindu deities) Radha, Hanuman, Parwati and Krishna, and took away the decorative gold ornaments,” Maharaj said. ”They also stormed my home and snatched the gold jewelry of my family, my daughters.” Maharaj and other Hindu leaders turned to the police, who registered a case against the cleric and eight other Muslims. But none of the suspects had been found on that day, Hanif said. The police officer said the case against the attackers was registered under Section 295-A of the blasphemy laws, which covered the ”outraging of religious feelings.” That section of the law could carry a fine or up to 10 years imprisonment, but, if the case were to proceed, it’s unclear exactly what punishment would be imposed.