There’s good news and bad news in this story out of India. The good news is that a college lecturer was acquitted of a charge of offending religious sentiments. There are two bits of bad news. The first is that there is such a charge at all. The second is that Islamic thugs already cut the man’s hand off to punish him for it.
A Kerala college lecturer whose hand was chopped off allegedly by radicals over his comments on the Prophet Mohammed in a question paper, has been acquitted by a court of charges of hurting religious sentiments, reports PTI.
The Chief Judicial Magistrate at Thodupuzha on Wednesday let off TJ Joseph, accepting his plea that he had prepared questions for the graduate course “without any mala fide intention.”…
Mr Joseph, a former lecturer of Malayalam literature at the Newman College, was attacked on his way to church in July, 2010, by religious activists who chopped off his right hand.
The attackers allegedly told him he was being punished for his “sacrilegious” reference to the Prophet in the question paper he had set for second-year students.
Oh, and he was fired by the university over it too. When the victim of such barbarism faces trial rather than his attackers, things are ass backwards.