It takes a nation to protect the nation
When a spelling mistake becomes a life and death issue. Education is not possible in such a situation. Maybe David Cameron will need to give some more millions of UK money to Pakistan to improve the situation.
Girl's fate uncertain after 'blasphemous' spelling
Press Trust Of India
Islamabad, September 26, 2011First Published: 13:01 IST(26/9/2011)
A teenage Pakistani Christian girl who misspelt a word while answering a question on a poem written in praise of Prophet Mohammed was accused of blasphemy and expelled from school, according to a media report on Sunday. Faryal Bhatti, an eighth grade student at Sir Syed Girls' High School in the Pakistan Ordnance Factories colony at Havelian near Abbottabad, misspelt the word in an Urdu examination on Thursday.
While answering the question on a poem written in praise of Prophet Mohammed, Bhatti misspelt the word 'naat' (hymn) as 'laanat' (curse). This was an easy error for a child to make as the written versions of the words are similar, The Express Tribune daily reported.
The error led to accusations of blasphemy against Bhatti and uproar amonglocal religious leaders.
According to the school's administration and religious leaders who took exception to the student's mistake, the error was "serious" enough to fall within the realm of blasphemy.
Bhatti's Urdu teacher Fareeda Bibi noticed the error while collecting answer sheets from her students. She reportedly summoned Bhatti, scolded her and beat her.
When Bhatti's classmates learnt of the alleged blasphemy, the teacher brought the matter to the notice of the principal, who in turn informed the school's management.
The news also spread through the Pakistan Ordnance Factories colony. The next day, male students of the school and some religious leaders organised a rally and demanded the registration of a criminal case against Bhatti and her expulsion from the area.
Prayer leaders condemned the incident in their Friday sermons and asked the colony's administration to take action against Bhatti and her family.
Following the spike in tensions, POF Colony managing director Asif Siddiki called a meeting of local clerics and school teachers to discuss the situation.
Bhatti and her mother attended the meeting and explained that it was a mere error caused by the similarity between the two words. They apologised and said Bhatti had no malicious intentions.
In a move apparently aimed at pacifying religious elements clamouring for action, the POF Colony administration expelled her from the school on Saturday.
Bhatti's mother, Sarafeen Bhatti, a staff nurse at the POF Hospital in Havelian, was transferred to the Wah Cantonment Hospital.
Maulana Alla Dita Khateeb of Gol Masjid praised the decision to expel the girl from school. Asked whether the incident fell within the realm of blasphemy, Khateeb said though he was unclear about the intentions of the girl, the word she had used was "sacrilegious".
So its now blasphemous for a 12 yr old to be a poor speller. I woz cumming throw teh tunhole intoo londun and no tised that a graffeati artistt had wrote 'the profit mohammad woz a wonker' Tut tut, thats not how you spell 'Was'.
This is one of those cases that just proves how rediculous the religion of peas can be. The Mother has to be moved, for her own safety i pressume, and 'maulana alla dita khateeb' or M.a.d Khaateeb of Gol Masjid, (loves himself don,t he) thought the girls intensions were 'unclear'. ..... well i would have thought it was obvious she was trying to expose the islamic religion for what it is, a dangerous cult, run by insane mullahs, who each try to be more insane than the previous mullah. She was acting in such a way that could have brought the entire house of cards down, and only by the grace of allah, has she and her family been saved from exicution. SO FAR. Her parents should have sent her to be educated here in britian, she wouldn,t know how to hold a pen yet, let alone mis-spell any words, that would have saved a lot of trouble.
there’s no shortage of reminders nowadays of how dangerous Pakistan has become.
Kidnappings are rampant, suicide bombers strike crowded markets, and sectarian violence is commonplace.
Even sitting for a school exam comes with risks.
In the Pakistani village of Havelian, a Christian Grade 8 student named Faryal Bhatti has been accused of blasphemy after making a spelling mistake on a test, a miscue that has had drastic and life-changing consequences for her whole family.
Bhatti’s case is the latest in a string of incidents that highlight the growing influence of radical Islamists in Pakistan, and it also serves as a reminder of the government’s frequent inability or unwillingness to curb them.
“We live in dangerous times,” one Lahore-based scholar told the Star recently. “The threat of someone accusing you of blasphemy is like the Salem witch trials. They kill you first and ask if you’re guilty later.”
In January, Salmaan Taseer, the governor of Pakistan’s Punjab state, was assassinated by his bodyguard — shot 27 times in the back — after Taseer promised to repeal or at least tone down the country’s blasphemy laws.
His killer, a police officer named Mumtaz Qadri, was recently sentenced to death by hanging. “My dream has come true,” Qadri reportedly said with a smile as the verdict was announced.
He took time to thank his judge, who, immediately after reading the verdict, took an indefinite leave of absence from his position and went into hiding.
That may sound like a good plan to the 13-year-old Bhatti.
School authorities say Bhatti recently misspelled a word in Urdu in a poem written to celebrate the Prophet Muhammad. Instead of the word “Naat,” which meant a poem of praise, Bhatti misplaced a letter with a dot and instead wrote the word “Laanat,” which means curse.
Bhatti’s teacher reportedly beat her in front of her class and then referred the case to the school’s principal.
As news of Bhatti’s infraction spread through the village, close to Abbottabad, the city north of Islamabad where Osama bin Laden hid in plain sight for years, religious clerics rallied locals to protest in the streets.
Bhatti should be expelled, they demanded, and her family evicted from their home. Protestors chanted slogans against the student, her family, and Christianity, The Express Tribune newspaper reported. Her case was a “conspiracy against Islam,” clerics said in Friday sermons, according to the newspaper.
At a packed meeting of clerics, school staff and scholars, Bhatti apologized and said there was no malice in her mistake.
“I am still unclear of Faryal Bhatti’s intentions,” Maulana Syed Ejaz Ali, a cleric from the Jamia Masjid reportedly told the meeting. “The eyes filled with tears show her innocence, but her dot made the word derogatory and this is a good enough reason for a consequence and she should never in her life dare to think anything against Islam.”
Bhatti was expelled. But clerics weren’t done.
Local government administrators agreed to have Bhatti’s mother transferred from her government job as a nurse and the family evicted from their home in a cantonment area populated by public servants.
The high-profile case has further polarized news media and religious leaders alike in nuclear-armed Pakistan.
“I protest against the decision of expelling the child and transferring the mother,” said Maulana Mehfooz Ali Khan, an Islamabad-based cleric. “This action by the committee has printed a very negative image about Islam on the child’s mind, we want the people to learn about Islam, not to make them hate it.”
Several English-language newspapers decried the case. Shyema Sajjad, a deputy editor with Dawn newspaper, wrote in a blog posting that Bhatti’s case is a reminder of the new realities facing Pakistanis.
“Tolerance and respect are two virtues that were kidnapped a long, long time ago, they remain missing even today,” Sajjad wrote.
“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?”
We would never allow a child in the west to be treated this way. It may happen from time to time that a child recieves a disproportionate punishment, but there is always an outcry and measures are taken to insure it can,t happen again. It is allso the case that a childs life would nor be in danger because of a spelling mistake and the family would not have to move for their own safety..
It is cases like this that need to be mentioned in the MSM, documentries should be made and shown prime time, along with regular updates about blasphemy cases such as the Asia Bibi case.
Its a case of double standards, where our media mst believe that children and women in islamic countries are only worth half that of their western counterparts. What does that remind you off!.
And this is from Wiki
Abbottabad (Urdu: ایبٹ آباد Ābṭābād [aːbʈaːˈbaːd̪]) is a city located in the Hazara region of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, in Pakistan. The city is situated in the Orash Valley, 50 kilometres (31 mi) northeast of the capital Islamabad and 150 kilometres (93 mi) east of Peshawar at an altitude of 1,260 metres (4,134 ft) and is the capital of the Abbottabad District. It borders Azad Kashmir to the east. The city is well-known throughout Pakistan for its pleasant weather, high-standard educational institutions and military establishments
According to the 1998 Census of the 881,000 who resided in the Abbottabad District, Hindko was spoken by 94.26% of the population, followed by Potohari at 2.30%,Pashto at 2.22% and Urdu at 1.05%.] Although the first language of most people in the district is Hindko, Urdu is understood and spoken fluently by majority of the residents and commonly used in markets, offices and formal functions. English is widely used in business and education.