CHRISTIAN PROFESSOR’S HAND IS AMPUTATED: 13 CONVICTED IN INDIA The teacher had been accused of blasphemy due to a questionaire he had presented to his students

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In 2010 TJ Joseph – Christian professor – had been accused of blasphemy and a group of Muslim youths had punished him, amputating his right hand and part of his arm. Last 8th May, a special court inErnakulam, Kerala, had convicted 13 people as being guilty of the barbarious act to which the man had been subjected to. Ten of them have been sentenced to eight years imprisonment, while a further three, have been sentenced to two years. Further to the sentence, the 13 accused have been sentenced to a sanction of 8 thousand rupees, equal to 11.200 Euros to be paid out to The case had been presented to the National Investigation Agency (Nia), the federal Indian police and the prosecutor had asked for life sentence to be given to the accused, in that they had been accused of conspiracy, homicide and sedition.

TJ Jospeh was working as Malayalam litterature teacher at the Newman College of Thodupuzha. In 2010, he had been arrested and then bailed out due to a questionaire that he had presented to this students. Shortly, after having been freed, a group of activists of the Popular Front of India attacked him, telling him that they had to punish him because of the “sacred inferrances “ a question had on the questionaire , so they amputated his hand and part of his right arm.

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