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Bangladesh: two teachers jailed for insulting Islam

Bangladesh: two teachers jailed for insulting Islam

Invoking an arcane law from British colonial rule that makes insulting any religion a crime, a court has jailed two Hindu teachers in southern Bangladesh for making derogatory comments about Islam and the Prophet Mohammed.

The case, according to this report, began when students at Hijla High School in Bagerhat district complained that the assistant teacher of a science class Sunday dismissed the notion that the Koran as the word of Allah and said there was no heaven, magistrate Anwar Parvez said yesterday.

The students, aged 17 to 18, along with others from a nearby, Islamic school became incensed when the high school’s head teacher backed up his colleague. A mob including students, parents and villagers attacked the teachers with sticks, forcing them to lock themselves in a room until police intervened, Parvez said.

The situation went out of control. The mob wanted to take law in their hands.

The magistrate of the quick-ruling court said the assistant teacher pleaded guilty to publicly insulting religion, and the two were sentenced to six months behind bars.

The Hindu named the convicted men as Krishnapada Mouli and assistant teacher Ashok Kumar.

The law against insulting religion, imposed when Britain ruled the Indian subcontinent, is rarely used and aimed at preventing communal clashes and inciting violence.

The Muslim-majority country – politically fractured between secularists and those wanting Islamic rule – has suffering an ongoing wave of deadly attacks on atheist writers, religious minorities and activists over the last two years.

On Monday night, a gang of young men hacked two men to death in Dhaka, including the editor of a gay rights magazine who also worked for the US Agency for International Development.

It was the fifth such killing this year, after nine were cut down in 2015. International governments including the United States and aid groups have implored the Bangladeshi government to do more to safeguard free speech and protect members of civil society.

13 responses to “Bangladesh: two teachers jailed for insulting Islam”

  1. AgentCormac says:

    ‘The mob wanted to take law in their hands.’
    Islam pretty much summed up in one sentence.

  2. Broga says:

    Nobody could do as good a job of insulting Islam as its own fanatical followers. They trash their religion, by their actions, way beyond anything an unbeliever could do.

  3. barriejohn says:

    Is the pic genuine? So many have been doctored now. In any case, the premise would be funny of it weren’t for the serious intent. Which “Islam” is he defending? No one insults Islam as much as someone who follows the “wrong” Islam, and so it is with so many religions. Put two followers of a particular branch of any religion on a desert island, and I guarantee that in time they would be at one another’s throats over “interpretation” of their belief system!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Islamic_schools_and_branches

  4. AgentCormac says:

    @barriejohn
    Don’t you think the bloke carrying the ‘Behead those who insult Islam’ placard should be a pin-up boy for his religion? Maybe something along the lines of the ‘Calendar Girls’?

  5. Cali Ron says:

    The shoe vs the gourd applies to Islam as well as it does Christianity. I propose a giant cage fight with the violent extremists from each sect locked inside until only one man remains and incarcerate him in a public cell as a reminder to the rest of Muslims. Ok, it’s just a fantasy, but I can dream. Imagine. ..

  6. L.Long says:

    The bigoted dimwitted ahole with the sign says it all.

  7. Trevor Blake says:

    “Invoking an arcane law from British colonial rule that makes insulting any religion a crime, a court has jailed two Hindu teachers in southern Bangladesh for making derogatory comments about Islam and the Prophet Mohammed.”

    That is, Europeans blamed for law that was in effect a short time instead of Muslims being held accountable for their law of over one thousand years.

  8. John the Drunkard says:

    And weren’t those ‘colonial laws’ rather sad attempt to keep Hindus and Muslims from butchering each other.

    Partition in 47-8, the war for Bengali independence…the death toll must be over ten million by now.

  9. Lon says:

    It would be fine if hindu, buddhist, christian, muslim, jewish, scientology,sikh extremists all hacked each other to death. Unfortunately they would first come after us, the loveable and rational secularists, before turning on each other.

  10. 1859 says:

    If you look closely at the picture there is an ominously raised black arm behind this bovine moron – methinks he’s about to lose his head (which would be most fitting).He’s already lost his mind, so ergo, he does not need a head to keep it in.

    Where was this picture taken? It don’t look like Bangladesh (too clean and tidy – there are even paving stones!)

  11. Newspaniard says:

    @1859. Probably photographed at a UK University campus. The islamofascists not only run the Students Union but all UK universities where the administrators are frightened of the students.

  12. Brian Jordan says:

    @Barriejohn
    “Put two followers of a particular branch of any religion on a desert island, and I guarantee that in time they would be at one another’s throats over “interpretation” of their belief system!”
    This reminds me of the Baptist On A Bridge joke. Maybe there should be a Muslim version. Maybe there is the but Christian web site collecting them didn’t collect Muslim jokes – if any escaped the Ayatollah.
    http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/sep/26/religion.world

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