A court in southern Bangladesh sentenced two Hindu schoolteachers to six months in jail for making “abusive” remarks about Islam that led a mob to attack their school, a magistrate said Tuesday.
The headteacher and another staff member at the Hijla High School in the town of Chitalmari were found guilty of “hurting the religious sentiments” of Muslim students and their parents.
The comments sparked protests by students, most of whom are Muslim, and angry villagers descended on the school seeking to beat up the teachers before being stopped by police.
“They have made abusive comments about Islam and the Prophet Mohammed during a class session,” said magistrate Anwar Parvez, who handed down the verdict Monday after the teachers pleaded guilty.
“Local people attacked the school. They wanted to beat the two Hindu teachers,” Parvez told AFP.
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