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College Professor's Right Hand Cut Off For Alleged Blasphemy


 by Joseph Ernest July 8, 2010

 indian teacher

 Source India Times and AsiaNews


 NewscastMedia --   A college professor in Kerala, India, accused of setting a term paper with a blasphemous reference to the Prophet Muhammad found himself surrounded by muslim fanatics on Sunday, who then proceeded to cut off his right hand.  The attackers were armed with swords and knives and ambushed TJ Joseph who was with his sister, Mary Stella, a nun.


"When we tried to prevent them, they attacked me and my mother before exploding bombs and fleeing," Stella said.  A police squad recovered the severed arm about 200 meters away as the lecturer was rushed to a private hospital in serious condition.


Prof. TJ Joseph prepared an examination questionnaire last March at Newman College, Thodupuzha, and some muslim students at the private college accused him of including questions that were offensive to Muhammad their Prophet.  Due to a series of protests at the college, TJ Joseph resigned, and publicly apologized for his 'unintentional error'.


The authorities at Newman College, told AsiaNews that in the exam, Prof. Joseph tells a story of a fishmonger who despite hard work, becomes increasingly poor. The monger's name is Muhammad, and in his desperation, he speaks to God and also asks his brother why his fortunes are dwindling.  His brother tells Muhammad, "Why are you calling God, God, God..." Students were then asked to specify the punctuation of the narrative.


The attack against Joseph has been condemned by several muslim organizations including the Indian Union Muslim League and the Jama'at-e-Islami, which has called for prosecution of the culprits.  The supreme leader of the Indian Union Muslim League said, "An error cannot be corrected by another mistake."

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