Girl accused of blasphemy for a spelling error

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    Christian Girl accused of blasphemy for a spelling error



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    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.

    Published in The Express Tribune, September 25[SUP]th[/SUP], 2011.


    Girl accused of blasphemy for a spelling error – The Express Tribune
     
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    lol! Paki land is in deep trouble. Poor non-Muslims though...
     
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    Heavens!

    Imagine non Muslims have to learn Islamic stuff.
     
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    This is shame for Pakistan.

    A Spelling mistake of (dot) and so much of insult and punishment to minority community.

    She even didn't knew what is blasphemy and what it makes difference.

    Pakistan is in stone age. A truly failed nation.
     
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    I am no expert in Urdu, but can adding or removing a dot lead to such a big difference vocabulary?
     
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    Fvking Neanderthals. Heck the religious leaders themselves wouldn't have gone to school and they pass judgement on better people. No wonder the country is in the soup.
     
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    The sooner this country gets dismantled the better for its own people.
     
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    Yes.....I think.
     
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    Nothing unusual for the Islamic world especially nations such as failed state pakistan, who are supposed to prove themselves to be more islamic than the rest in-return to get Zakkat - hence this lil girl and her family will be eventually decapitated or else if the family is lucky they may be pardoned by the Islamic mullahs would be spared by only being shot in the head i.e less painful death....However, death is eminent, Indian govt should allow all Minorities form Pakistan into India with immediate effect!
     
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    Misspelled and expelled

    Misspelled and expelled



    BY SHYEMA SAJJAD ON SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2011

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    I attended a convent school for a few years during my childhood. The only time I remember being split up from my classmates was during Islamiyat class. The Islamiyat teacher would come in and ask us girls to pull out our white duppattas while the Christian girls would form a line and exit the classroom for their own lessons in the bigger hall. None of us ever really questioned the practice – we would study our religion and they would study theirs – it made perfect sense. Never did we think that the school or this country weren’t big and bold enough to host both together. Now, however, times have changed. Tolerance and respect are two virtues that were kidnapped a long, long time ago – they remain missing even today.

    A 13-year-old girl was recently expelled from her school due to alleged blasphemy. She misspelled the word ‘naat’ and that was reason enough for the school to expel her. Not for a minute did anyone pay attention to the fact that she was a student – a learner. She should have been taught what the right word was, what the right spelling was and what the mistake she made was.

    But instead, she was expelled, while her mother, who was a nurse, was transferred out of her hometown near Abbotabad. All that for a spelling mistake made by someone who until that day, was probably oblivious to what blasphemy even meant.

    But before we get into the debate of whether she should have been coached or punished, we should ask, as pointed out in other blogs, why was a Christian girl being made to learn a ‘naat’ anyway? And if she actually was aware of what blasphemy meant and what the consequences of going against that law in Pakistan are, would she have actually done this just to stir some mischief?

    To cause a bit of a commotion in class, we would often hide teacher’s books, pretend to be sick, pick on the nerds and pass secret notes – never did we think of initiating a rebellion against religion – especially not if we knew that the worst form of punishment to such an act would be death! Not detention, not suspension, not a letter to the parents, but death. Lucky for the 13-year-old girl, the not-so-harsh-hearted Muslim clerics decided that expulsion out of the school and the town would be enough to teach a lesson. Sadly, what these clerics and teachers don’t realise is, you teach a lesson through books, anecdotes, lectures and nurturing – not through condemnation, alienation and humiliation.

    But who is going to point these things out? The government’s too busy fighting international threats to focus on the internal ones breeding throughout the country. The few who do take a stand are shot down and although they might not be forgotten, their sacrifices often are. We cause a hue and cry about educating our children and spreading awareness but who needs this education if all it does is create hatred and differences? Who needs this awareness if all it does is build fear and prejudices?


    Misspelled and expelled | Blog | DAWN.COM
     
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    They will only be pardoned by the Mullahs if they agree to convert. Allah must be rolling over in heaven...
     
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    just one word SAD
     
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    even when they do so, they expect generous treatment of fellow countrymen in christian countries in the name of civil liberty and human rights. pakistan is giving bad name to islam. all fault lies with pakland in initiating jihad, nurturing it and making this world a cumbersome place to live.
     
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    This is indeed a sad and must be very traumatic on the girl. Sign of the intolerant times that we live in.
     
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