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NEW DELHI: A 15-year-old Pakistani boy from a village near Lahore cut off his own hand last week to atone for an action what he thought was blasphemy, say reports in the Pakistani media.
As if this was not madness enough, his parents and villagers are taking pride in what this poor boy – who has been identified as Nausher Ahmed – has done.
The incident happened last Friday.
So what was this act blasphemy which this boy thought he had committed?
Here is the story. The imam at the mosque in Nausher Ahmed’s village near Lahore tells the gathering that those who love Prophet Muhammad say their prayers. The imam then asks that those who don’t pray or have stopped praying should raise their hands.
The boy mistakenly raised his hand as he didn’t hear the imam’s question properly.
According to these reports, the gathering at the mosque accused the boy of blasphemy because he had raised his hand in response to the imam’s question.
So this distressed and guilty boy goes home and cuts off the hand that he had raised. He puts the chopped hand on a plate and presents it to the imam.
The boy has been hailed the villagers for his sacrifice and his parents are taking pride in what he did.