Friday, July 09, 2010

Professor attacked in Kerala

I was born in Trivandrum in Kerala. This is most distressing. We are a large part of the population in Kerala. We usually get on very well with our Jindu and Muslim brothers and sisters. This is despicable. Many Muslims from kerala go to the gulf states to work. Some are returning radicalized. Lots of troubling news in my home state. The joys of a marxist government.

The family of a professor in southern India whose hand was cut off by suspected Islamic extremists have told the BBC they forgive his attackers.

Professor TJ Joseph was attacked by eight people on Sunday as he was returning home from church with his mother and his sister, who is a nun.

Police believe that Prof Joseph was attacked because he was accused of insulting Islam in an exam paper.

He is recovering in hospital in the town of Muvattupuzha in Kerala state.

Two activists of the predominantly Muslim Popular Front of India (PFI) were arrested on Monday in connection with the attack.

At the time of the assault, Prof Joseph had been suspended from his position in the Roman Catholic-run Newman college in the town of Thodupuzha and was facing possible criminal charges for blasphemy.

That was because in March he was alleged to have insulted the Prophet Muhammad in an exam paper, an accusation strongly denied by his family.

The attack has been condemned by the government of Kerala and various Muslim organisations, who point out that such incidents are extremely rare in the state.


been around the block said...

I'm sorry to hear this, Dr. Roy.

Anonymous said...

I'm a Malayali too and I'm shocked as ever! Kerala is perhaps the most peaceful, tolerant state in India, especially regarding religion. I always thought Malayali Mappila muslims were among the most peace-loving and kind people on earth which is why this incident is worrying.I hope the Hindu nationalists won't exploit this situation to start communal violence and such.

Anonymous said...

Was in Cochin and up in the Tea Plantations (Hill Stations) last fall. Very Idyllic! Very inclusive attitude toward Jews and all religions. Most notably the Synagogue there informs that Jews came to the area during King Solomon’s time and were very welcomed and set up a community that thrived for centuries.
So yes this event does not fit the norm.


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