Boy, 15, mutilates himself for accidental act of blasphemy
People in a village 125 kilometres from Lahore in Pakistan reportedly showed their approval of a teenager who severed one of his hands because he thought he was guilty of blasphemy.
According to this report, Mohammad Anwar mutilated himself because he’d misheard a question posed by an imam in a mosque in a village in the Hujra Shah Muqeem district.
Local police chief Nausher Ahmed described how the imam told a gathering that those who love the Prophet Mohammad always say their prayers, then asked who among the crowd had stopped praying.
Anwar raised one hand by mistake after apparently mishearing the question.
The crowd swiftly accused him of blasphemy so he went to his house and cut off the hand he had raised, put it on a plate, and presented it to the cleric, the police chief said.
Ahmed said that he has seen a video in which the boy is is proudly lauded by villagers in the street, including his parents.
The officer said that, as no complaint has been made, there would be no investigation into the incident.
Note: The picture used to illustrate this report was found here.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn