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Indian teacher's hand cut off for alleged Mohammed slight

Posted by on Jul. 12, 2010 at 1:08 AM
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Indian teacher's hand cut off for alleged Mohammed slight

Mon Jul 5, 11:47 am ET

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India (AFP) - Two Indian men were arrested on Monday over an attack on a college teacher who had his hand cut off for setting an exam question that allegedly insulted Muslims, police said.

T. J. Joseph, 52, had his right arm severed at the wrist as he was returning home from church with his mother and sister on Sunday, and has since undergone an operation to have the limb sown back on.

Joseph, a lecturer at a private Christian-run college in the southern state of Kerala, has been on bail since April after being arrested over a question in internal exams that some Muslim groups claimed included an insulting reference to the Prophet Mohammed.

"An eight-member gang blocked his vehicle and chopped off his right arm," B. Sandya, inspector general of the local police told AFP. "It was a planned operation. We suspect a radical Muslim group who targeted him before."

Sandya said police had traced the attackers' vehicle and made two arrests.

Five doctors worked for 16 hours to re-attach Joseph's hand, but the outcome of the operation was uncertain.

In the Kerala assembly, state home minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan described the attack as "Taliban-type" and "barbaric".

Joseph's school, Newman College, has declined to reveal the precise nature of the exam question behind the dispute to avoid further inflaming inter-religious tensions.

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by Boudica on Jul. 12, 2010 at 1:18 AM

Certainly, anyone with half a brain will recognize this deed as the result of extremists.....

It's not as if most Muslims are going to advocate chopping the hand off this guy just for an exam question.

The freakazoid faction will.....but remember everyone....it is a SMALL minority of a LARGE faith.

Plenty of Christian freakbags have pulled similar shenanigans.....again....extremists.

Clairwil
by Ruby Member on Jul. 12, 2010 at 3:17 AM

None the less, you can bet that future exam setters will be more careful.

This sort of intimidation DOES work.

home-sweet-home
by Silver Member on Jul. 12, 2010 at 5:33 AM

It is sad that there are people there that would harm someone over a test question. All they do is make themselves look bad.

I hope he regains use of his arm. It sounds like they had targeted him before.

It make me think of how blessed I am to live in a country where I can speak about my religion without fear.

I wonder if it was a Christian college, how the group even knew about the test question?

Gypsyuma
by Gold Member on Jul. 12, 2010 at 7:24 PM

 

Quoting home-sweet-home:

It is sad that there are people there that would harm someone over a test question. All they do is make themselves look bad.

I hope he regains use of his arm. It sounds like they had targeted him before.

It make me think of how blessed I am to live in a country where I can speak about my religion without fear.

I wonder if it was a Christian college, how the group even knew about the test question?

 My husband went to a Catholic school as a child (the teachers were Irish Nuns).... I guess because it had the best education.  This was in Pakistan, and he is a Muslim.

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