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Girl accused of blasphemy for a spelling error

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  1. DaRk KnIght

    DaRk KnIght Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Girl accused of blasphemy for a spelling error
    By Muhammad Sadaqat
    Published: September 25, 2011

    Eighth-grader expelled from school; mother forced to move from city.
    ABBOTTABAD:
    It may have been a mere misplaced dot that led to accusations of blasphemy against a Christian eighth-grader, whose miniscule error led to her expulsion from school and uproar amongst local religious leaders.

    Faryal Bhatti, a student at the Sir Syed Girls High School in Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) colony Havelian, erroneously misspelt a word in an Urdu exam while answering a question on a poem written in praise of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). The word in question was ‘laanat’ instead of ‘naat’ – an easy error for a child to make, as the written versions of the words are similar.

    According to the school administration and religious leaders who took great exception to the hapless student’s mistake, the error is ‘serious’ enough to fall within the realm of blasphemy, Saturday.

    Spelling out her punishment
    On Thursday, Faryal’s Urdu teacher was collecting the answer sheets from her students when she noticed the apparently offensive word on her pupil’s sheet. The teacher, Fareeda Bibi, reportedly summoned the Christian girl, scolded her and beat her. Her punishment, however, did not end here. When Faryal’s class fellows learnt of the alleged blasphemy, the teacher brought the principal’s notice to the matter, who further informed the school management.

    In the meanwhile, the news spread throughout the colony. The next day, male students of the POF colony school as well as certain religious elements took out a rally, demanding the registration of a criminal case against the eighth-grader and her expulsion from the area.

    Prayer leaders within the community also condemned the incident in their Friday sermons, asking the colony’s administration to not only take action against Faryal but her entire family. In the wake of the increasing tensions, Managing Director POF Colony Havelian Asif Siddiki called a meeting of colony-based ulemas and school teachers to discuss the situation. The girl and her mother were asked to appear before the meeting, where they explained that it was a mere error, caused by a resemblance between the two words. The two immediately apologised, adding that Faryal had no malicious intentions.

    In a move that was apparently meant to pacify the religious elements clamouring for action against the teenage ‘blasphemer’, the POF administration expelled her from the school on Saturday. Faryal was not the only one who got in trouble for her spelling error, however, as her mother, Sarafeen Bhatti, who was a staff nurse at the POF Hospital Havelian for several years, was immediately transferred to POF Wah Cantonment Hospital.

    Decision applauded
    While talking to The Express Tribune, Maulana Alla Dita Khateeb of Gol Masjid praised the decision of the POF colony administration, claiming that he had personally seen the answer sheet in question. He further went on to say that he had met the girl himself, who had apologised for the word used in error. Asked whether the incident still fell within the realm of blasphemy and whether Faryal deserved expulsion when she had misspelt the word unintentionally, Khateeb said that although he was unclear about the intentions of the girl, the word she had used was sacrilegious.

    The managing director of POF Colony was not available for comment.

    8th grade Christian girl accused of blasphemy over a typo in Punjab
     
  2. Ahmad

    Ahmad 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    pathetic, there must be many other things to worry aobut in pakistan than this.
     
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  3. Observer

    Observer 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    This shows Pakistan is a failed state......:sniper: Who are the majority to impose their belief on others. Are the minorities not human being. God is punishing Pakistan and will put all those on fire for such draconian law which oppresses the poor. :butcher:
     
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  4. theeternallaw13

    theeternallaw13 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    what is the meaning of naat in urdu?
     
  5. Ahmad

    Ahmad 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    It is a praise to the Prophet Mohammad(pbuh).
     
  6. theeternallaw13

    theeternallaw13 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    i remember writing chatur as chut*d in hindi

    lol all kiddos do this kinda mistake..........
     
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  7. Ahmad

    Ahmad 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    even if she did it on purpose so what? the prophet himself forgave people who poured rubbish on him and visited her while she was sick, now these people are trying to show us a different islam. the society is heading to a very wrong direction, god save us all.
     
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    theeternallaw13 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    yeah it's kinda extremism
     
  9. vikas jat

    vikas jat Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    i hate pakistan and there religion
     
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  10. Ahmad

    Ahmad 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    somebody will say the same thing to you, hate is not the good thing.
     
  11. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    Pakistan is doesn't deserve the name Pak,
    they better change it to something else.

    If they don't want to do that,
    then they better make a rule with some kind of logic in it.
     
  12. A haseeb A

    A haseeb A Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    I don't understand...if she was a christian,why the hell she was asked about the Prophet Muhammad in the first place?

    Non-muslims should be exempted from attending any religious (Islamic) class...why force them to study about Islam? This is simply not fair...

    And those Indians,who are getting all "emotional"...crappy people exist everwhere,and Pakistan is no exemption to it...

    IMO,there was no need of starting this thread...
     
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  13. vstol jockey

    vstol jockey Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    Brother Hating Pakistanis is ok but pls do not hate a religion. Muslim religion is as good as ours but the followers are bad.
     
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    vstol jockey Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    I fully agree with you Bro. Even in India when we teach about religions, it is optional for students of other faiths to attend. Like if the lecture is about hinduism, Muslims/chirtians/othrs have the option to abstain.

    Religion is about one's belief. It can not be force fed.
     
  15. A haseeb A

    A haseeb A Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    This act of expelling her must have been carried out by some backward "Religious Scholar"...they could have warned her,or teach her that we have certain rules,so take care of what you say/write next time...
     
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