13 guilty of chopping Kerala professor’s hand

The convicts, all belonging to Popular Front of India, cut off Joseph’s hand in 2010 for allegedly insulting the Prophet.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Published: May 1, 2015 4:19 am
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An NIA court in Kochi on Thursday found 13 people guilty in the sensational case pertaining to the chopping of the hand of a professor on charges of insulting Prophet Mohammed in a question paper. The court acquitted 18 others for want of evidence. Five accused, including the key conspirator, are still absconding although the NIA had taken over the probe from Kerala Police in 2011.

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Of the 13 accused found guilty, 10 had direct involvement in the attack on profession T J Joseph and were charged under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act apart from attempt-to-murder and rioting. The three others were involved in giving cover for the assailants.

All the accused were activists of a Muslim outfit, Popular Front of India. The sentence would be pronounced on May 5.

Reacting to the verdict, Joseph said: “In the court of my conscience I pardoned them long ago. In future, no teacher should be punished like this for a non-issue. The police should not have acted (arrested him) on a baseless allegation. I had not insulted the Prophet. The police unnecessarily arrested me, put me in lock up. They made me a target for fanatical elements.”

Jospeh’s right palm was chopped of by PFI activists on July 4, 2010 on charges of insulting the Prophet in a question paper for an internal exam at Newman College, Thodupuzha, where he taught Malayalam.

While preparing a question meant for giving punctuation marks, Joseph extracted a text from a literary work of writer P T Kunhimuhammed. That was a conversation between a lunatic and God. Joseph named the lunatic as Muhammed, making it a conversation between Muhammed and God.

Days after the exam was over, certain persons at the college handed over the question paper to some Muslim outfits, telling them that the Prophet was insulted. Local media also flared up communal sentiments. Joseph went into hiding, but police tortured his son, then a college student. Days later, Joseph surrendered before the police. Soon the college management, Catholic Diocese of Kothamangalam, placed him under suspension.

On July 5, while he was returning home with his family from a local church, Joseph’s car was waylaid by a gang. After bursting a crude bomb, they pulled out Joseph from the car and chopped off his right palm.

As Joseph was recovering from the injury and mental trauma, the college management dismissed the professor, a lone breadwinner of a family. The M G University, to which the college was affiliated, and the Left government in Kerala demanded that the professor be reinstated. But the Catholic Church stuck to its adamant stand.

In the meantime, a magistrate court in Thodupuzha exonerated Joseph from the charges of insulting the Prophet, but he was not reinstated.

His family had been traversing through severe financial crisis due to the dismissal from service. The family had been subsisting on the meager income of his daughter, a nurse then employed in Delhi, and support from well wishers.

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  1. shueb masud
    Jun 2, 2016 at 3:39 am
    You are an . Making more mistakes where there is already a mistake doesn't make the mistake go away. I repeat you are an looking for trouble.
    1. T
      Dec 30, 2015 at 9:30 am
      So this is not intolerance ? Or only matters if it is coming from hindu right wing ?
      1. Bilal Khan
        May 1, 2015 at 6:42 am
        I am so sad to hear such kind of acts happening around.This isnt Islam at all.Those people who are responsible for such heinous act should be ashamed to call themselves muslims.Even if the professor did insult the prophet,this is not the proper way to protest.Protest against it peacefully, be modest and wise.Think rationally instead of commiting such acts. I feel very sorry for the professor. As a muslim i offer my condolences and strongly condemn this act.
        1. Debanjon Mukherjee
          May 1, 2015 at 12:19 pm
          Yes, this is definitely an outcome of the violent doctrines of Islam which ceaselessly preaches hatred against others. Moreover the professor is Christian so an easier target for the Islamic fanatics.
          1. D
            Oct 20, 2015 at 11:54 pm
            I think we should organized cartoon contest and we should draw mohamud cartoon then we will see the reaction of free speech brigade. You know modi bashing became fashion in this country or if you wanna become famous, just start abusing PM modi, rest of work will be done by media automatically. Modi bashing or hindu bashing is a famous in this country. I think taslima nasreen showed them mirror
            1. J
              Jayadev G A G
              Jul 22, 2017 at 3:23 pm
              You said it right. Bashing Hinduism and India is an instant passport to fame in India. You can't even condemn Muslims or criticize Islam following any number of such heinous acts by Muslims. More than the risk of being killed by Muslims, it is the fear of being castigated by the "so-called liberals" that puts off one from speaking openly and fearlessly about Islam and Muslims.
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