Teenager in Pakistan cuts off his own hand to appease neighbors who accused him of blasphemy

This Monday, a Muslim teenage boy in Pakistan cut off his hand to appease his local community who accused him of committing blasphemy, this Monday.

Friends and neighbors of the small town of Lahore celebrated the boy’s diligence following an order from his local imam to do so.

According to the Daily Times, local police chief Nausher Ahmed described how an imam told a gathering at a village mosque that those who love Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) always say their prayers, then asked who among the crowd had stopped praying.

The boy, Mohammad Anwar, raised his hand by mistake after he misheard the question and the crowd swiftly accused him of blasphemy. The young boy then went into his house and cut off the hand he had raised, put it on a plate, and presented it to the cleric.

The alleged incident took place at a village in Hujra Shah Muqeem district, roughly 77 miles south of the capital of Punjab province, according to the policeman.

Anwar was seen in a video in which the boy is greeted by villagers in the street as his parents proclaim their pride. No complaint has been made, said the police, so no official report was filed and there will be no investigation.

Blasphemy is a hugely sensitive issue in Pakistan, an Islamic republic of some 200 million, where even unproven allegations frequently attribute to mob violence and lynchings, according to the Business Standard.

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