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[Update]: Accused teacher blames school administration in the blasphemy mess (part 3)

 by Salman Hameed (from the blog www.irtiqa-blog.com/)

[This is related to the blasphemy mess of Farooqi Girls High School]. 

The discussion in the blasphemy mess has now shifted to ‘who is to blame for blasphemy’. On the one hand, this is to be expected. Individuals are not only fighting for their lives but also the lives of their family members. Last Friday, the school administration put out a full page ad in the local newspaper placing the blame for any blasphemous material in the negligence of the teacher (who is in hiding). Now, the accused teacher has blamed the school administration. While this exchange of blame is understandable, what may get lost in this is our outrage towards the burning of the school on the flimsiest of accusations, and the larger problem of the blasphemy law. Ultimately, this was an unintentional mistake made by a student for his paper. This should have nothing to do with blasphemy. And certainly it should not be considered blasphemy if the student’s teacher or the school administrators did not catch the mistake. Heck – I’m grading papers at college level, and I know that things can easily pass-by when one has to grade a large number of papers. But of course, judging from recent examples of blasphemy accusations, it would be pointless to talk any sense or reason to the mob of men (and yes these are all men) or the clerics (yes, also all men) who are behind the incitement. 

By the way, the complainant in this blasphemy case is the Vice Principal of a religious school, Jamia Kareemia Sadidia (or is it “Jamia Karimia Sadia”?), near the burnt-out Farooqi Girls High School. Does anyone know what kind of religious school is this and what is their stance on education for women? 

In the mean time, here is an excerpt from the news item about the accused teacher blaming the school administration: 

According to a letter available with Daily Times, Irfa Iftikhar, a class 6 teacher blamed for committing blasphemy, has alleged that her fellow senior teachers and school administration did not recheck content of a question paper prepared by one of her students. 

The letter, distributed by a relative of Irfa at a press conference, states that three other teachers of English department, including the department head, were tasked with preparing examination papers. 

It said the paper with blasphemous content was written by a student who could not figure out the book had a torn page and, therefore, “unintentionally” wrote wrong lines. 

According to the letter, one of the relatives of Principal Asim Farooqi had rechecked the question paper and approved it with her signatures.

Read the full story here.

 Salman is an astronomer and Associate Professor of Integrated Science & Humanities at Hampshire College, Massachusetts. Currently, he is working on understanding the rise of creationism in contemporary Islamic world and how Muslims view the relationship between science & religion. 

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21 Responses to "[Update]: Accused teacher blames school administration in the blasphemy mess (part 3)"

  1. Amin United Kingdom Safari iPad says:

    Can you not tell us what was the nature of the blasphemy? Oops, I forgot. If you repeat the blasphemy, then you become a blasphemer yourself! I just don’t know where this is heading. The intolerance and bigotry reminds me of the Play/ film, THE CRUCIBLE. And to think we have a Liberal Government in place.

  2. Akb Pakistan Safari Unknow Os says:

    shows enforcement of blasphemy law is finely doing without discrimination …..minorities should feel happy n safe.

  3. Maggu India Safari iPad says:

    Is your sister safe with the Taliban ?

  4. Ravi United Kingdom Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Maggu please rise above that type of posts. There is enough material available to you to make your point in a civilised fashion. Politeness costs nothing.

  5. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    maggu is murtad but not good kaffir as well.with time she will be ok.
    maggu jisse dushmani karogee baad mein weisee ho jaogee.

  6. TAJENDER United Arab Emirates Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    13 Haryana men rape 17-year-old
    HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
    Karnal, November 05, 2012
    Email to Author

    First Published: 19:37 IST(5/11/2012)
    Last Updated: 00:23 IST(6/11/2012)
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    A 17-year-old girl was gangraped by 13 suspects at a railway station near Karnal on Friday night. On Monday, GRP arrested 12 suspects, including a woman, for involvement in the crime. Railway officials said the prime suspect, Ravi, was spotted with the victim at Bajida Jatan station under
    suspicious circumstances. The victim and the suspects belong to Taraori town of the district.

    Karnal GRP police station house officer (SHO) Lalit Kumar said the only woman named in the complaint is married to Ravi’s older brother.

    The victim alleged that the wife of Ravi’s brother had forced her to elope with Ravi. Later, she was allegedly gangraped by 13 people at three different locations.

    Two suspects are still at large

  7. Maulana Ravi United States Google Chrome Windows says:

    Maggu blasphemy is a matter of life and death in Islam. Those who don’t follow Islam say that Muslims must keep this matter of life and death among themselves. Here that is what Muslims have done. This is the proper operation of blasphemy.

  8. Maggu India Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    RAVI: Why AKB asked me to go to Taliban to keep them entertained. Since he is such a devotee of the Taliban sodomizers i said he should earn sawab by sending his sister, daughter and perhaps wife also to them. After all they are ghazis as per him and deserve some support from him and other admirers of Taliban. No?

  9. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    V.S. Naipaul, himself a Brahmin whose ancestors had settled abroad centuries ago, gained international celebrity status when he wrote the book, Wounded Civilisation portraying “Hindu India” as a stupid, idiotic country ruled by his own jatwalas.

    While he gained name and fame from his literary achievements, his jatwalas in India became furious and denounced him as a third rate writer because he honestly condemned Brahmins as topclass frauds. This made the Brahmin in Naipaul to mellow and realise as he grew old that if he continued jabbing at his jatwalas the “Jews of India” would prevail over Jewish-controlled Nobel Foundation to deny him the Nobel prize. The Brahmin in Naipaul prevailed and he started praising the Brahmins. By then it was too late. Naipaul got the award after he started praising Brahmins. The Brahmin in him killed the genius in him.

    Beef-eating Brahmin: We are reproducing a passage from his book, Wounded Civilisation, in which he exposed the Brahmin hypocrisy and dwelt on the strong anti-Brahmin fury prevailing in India. Naipaul was impressed with the novel of a fellow Karnataka Brahmin writer who too in his younger days married a Christian girl, ate beef, sang Lohia lullabies and the Brahmin media boosted him sky-high and hailed him as “socialist savant”.

  10. Mohan United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Maggu,

    Sorry to interrupt between you and Ravi. Why you want to stoop at
    the level of AKB? There should not be any competition in posting garbage.

  11. Maulana Ravi United States Google Chrome Windows says:

    I was hoping to trip up Maggu alone so others could be given free passes. Giving free passes is what I do.

  12. AKB Pakistan Opera Windows says:

    @ maggu

    teray qurban jaoon!! Tu ad homenum ho jaata he….jee karda jeekarda taynoo kol bithawaan……kol sulawaan te teri…………….

    .

    Blasphemy Law is good, provides protection to non muslims….
    But even if there is NO Blasphemy law the general consensus is that in a Muslim majority country or even otherwise Muslims will deal it on their own as they had been doing in India etc in the past.

    .

    So why commit blasphemy?? Why abuse any religion?? But halt. What should Muslims do with t he Mirjai’s who are obstreperously bent upon calling them Muslims and imitating them so adamantly??? Naturally if they suffer it is their own fault. They must immediately choose a name for their own relgion and stop imitating Muslims or their practices and places of worship.

  13. AKB Pakistan Opera Windows says:

    @ tajender

    Maggu is not a female but a she male!! he talks like one.
    PTH is now becoming a star-spangled den for khadraa’s too!!
    The Pathans if not Talibans would be more than glad to ‘have’ them!!
    .

  14. AKB Pakistan Opera Windows says:

    @ mohan

    teri maan ka sohan….go hump your mother Maggu!!

  15. AKB Pakistan Opera Windows says:

    @ Salman hameed

    why don’t you go to court of law and fight this case instead of wasting your time here???

  16. AKB Pakistan Opera Windows says:

    @ tajender

    when asked an immigrant from India spoke thus;;;

    TEEN HEE CHEEZEIN HAMARAY GAON KEE MASHHOOR THEEN
    BRHAMIN KEE GAAF, BANYAY KEE BAHU, MULLAH KA DICK!!

    .

    AY HINDUO TUM KO MULLAH KA THANKFUL HONA MAANGTA KE TUM USSEE KEE AULAD HO!!

  17. AKB Pakistan Opera Windows says:

    MUGGU PAREE THEE QABR MEIN TANGEIN PASAAR KE
    MUNKAR NAKEER LAG GAYE DHOTI UTAAR KE!!

  18. AKB Pakistan Opera Windows says:

    @ MAGGU

    I DON;T KNOW BUT I WOULD LIKE TO TRY ALL THE ‘THREE COURSES’ WITH YOU!!
    ARE YOU READY??

  19. AKB Pakistan Opera Windows says:

    @ rAVI

    JUST READ YOUR ADMONITION TO MAGGU…..BUT HAD BETTER READ IT EARLIER…TO BE MORE POLITE TO THE BUGGER…ANYWAY
    THANKS…

  20. Mullus Pakitus India Google Chrome  GT-N7100 Build/JRO03C) AppleWebKit/535.19 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/18.0.1025.166 Mobile Safari/535.19 says:

    AKB, are the talibs giving your sister a tough time? You sound quite frustrated. I do hope you gave her some jelly, even if you forgot you can send it with your daughter.

  21. AKB Pakistan Opera Windows says:

    @ Mullus Pakitus
    .
    Bharvus Indicuss, the Talibans need you and magguuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!
    .
    I don;t have any sister or brother and my parents are dead so I can offer you both to the Bearded Huns to give you a nice rip off your behinds!!

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