Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 14: A college lecturer in Kerala, whose arm was chopped off by religious extremists for his comments on Prophet Mohammad in 2010, has been acqitted by a court of charges of hurting religious sentiments.
The incident which had created controversy across the nation happened in Muvattupuzha in Ernakulam district of Kerala.
The malayalam lecturer TJ Joseph, who was then working with Newman College, Thodupuzha, had made referrences to Prophet Mohammad in a question paper, which angered radicals who attacked him in July 2010. Joseph was on his way to church when the attack happened.
Following the incident, the college had sacked Joseph. This too created a lot of controversy as many saw the college's act irrational and illegal. Even many muslim leaders had come out on Joseph's support.
(with agency inputs)