Photo, above: Professor T J Joseph from Kerala, India, who was brutally maimed by 13 members of the Islamic Group ‘The Popular Front’
- Professor T J Joseph maimed because he used name Mohammed in exam
- Assailants ambushed him, slashed his hand off as he returned from church
- The 13 attackers have now all been jailed for the assault and fined by court
Members of an extremist Islamist group chopped off a Christian professor’s hand because he set a grammar question which involved a character named Mohammed.
Professor T J Joseph from Kerala, India was brutally maimed by 13 members of the Islamic Group ‘The Popular Front’ because he used the name Mohammed in a grammar exam.
After giving the paper to his students Joseph was ambushed on his way home from church in 2010.
Joseph has had to go through a number of surgical procedures to reattach and save what little remained of his hand and to treat other gashes sustained in the savage attack
He described to India’s NDTV website how, following a number of lucky escapes from previous attacks, he was dragged from his car and then thugs slashed at his hand with knives.
Joseph has had to go through a number of surgical procedures to reattach and save what little remained of his hand and to treat other gashes sustained in the savage attack.
The professor, who teaches communication at a college in Thodpuzah, explained that the attack took place not far from his home as his assailants blocked him in his car using their vehicle and then smashed his window.
He was taken to a specialists’ hospital in Ernakulam where his hand was reattached through a complicated procedure.
The motivation for the Islamists’ attack came some months earlier when Joseph gave students a number of sentences to punctuate which contained the name Mohammed. None of the exam referenced the Islamic prophet.
Not long after, rumblings began at Joseph’s college but none of his fellow teachers stood behind him.