After a Pakistani boy cut off his own hand following a public accusation of blasphemy, BBC Urdu’s Iram Abbasi travelled to his village in Punjab province to find out what happened. She is the first international broadcaster to speak to him. Some readers may find the details that follow disturbing.
“Why should I feel any pain or trouble in cutting off the hand that was raised against the Holy Prophet?”
Those are the words of 15-year-old Qaiser (not his real name) who chopped off his right hand just a few days ago believing he had committed blasphemy.
Many believe fellow villagers started shaming the boy after the local cleric had made the accusation of blasphemy – and that is why Qaiser felt the need to prove his love for the Prophet Muhammad.