Boy slices off his own hand in penance for accidentally indicating he didn't love Muhammad at mosque
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Late one night, the imam Shabir Ahmad looked up from prayers at his mosque to see a 15-year-old boy approaching with a plate in his outstretched left hand. On it was the boy's freshly severed right hand.
Ahmad did not hesitate. He fled the mosque and left the village, in eastern Punjab province.
Earlier that night, Jan. 10, he had denounced the boy as a blasphemer, an accusation that in Pakistan can get a person killed - even when the accusation is false, as it was in this case.