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Two teachers jailed for insulting Islam in Bangladesh

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Dhaka : A Bangladesh court has jailed two teachers for making derogatory comments about Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.

Magistrate Anwar Parvez said the case began after two students at Hijla High School in Bagerhat district complained that the assistant teacher of a science class on Sunday dismissed the Quran as the word of Allah and said there was no heaven, reports abc news.

The students, aged17 to 18, along with others from a nearby, Islamic school became infuriated after the high school’s head teacher backed up his colleague.

Parvez said that the teachers lock themselves in a room until police intervened as a mob including students, parents and villagers attacked them.

“The situation went out of control.. the mob wanted to take law in their hands,” said Parvez.

Following the rage, the magistrate of the quick-ruling court said the assistant teacher pleaded guilty of publicly insulting religion, and both the teachers were sentenced to six months behind bars.

The Muslim-majority country has been witnessing rise in the cases of attacks on atheist writers, religious minorities and activists who make use of their freedom of speech.

In a recent incident, two men including the editor of a gay rights magazine were hacked to death. (ANI)

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