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Wife of Kerala prof whose hand was chopped off found dead

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Thiruvananthapuram, March 20, 2014
First Published: 01:48 IST(20/3/2014) | Last Updated: 01:50 IST(20/3/2014)

The wife of a college professor, whose right palm was chopped off by activists of a fundamentalist outfit four years ago, was found hanging in her house on Wednesday. She was also a key witness to the crime involving her husband.

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Prof TJ Joseph, a Malayalam teacher at the New Man College in Thodupuzha (around 200km away from Thiruvananthapuram), was allegedly attacked by workers of the Popular Front of India (PFI), a Muslim fundamentalist outfit four years ago. His right palm was chopped off by the assailants. Though the chopped palm was later recovered and stitched back he couldn’t lead a normal life.

The PFI was upset with Joseph for preparing a question paper for BA examination that allegedly carried inflammatory remarks against the Prophet. The Taliban-model attack caught the nation attention. Later the case was handed over to the National Investigation Agency and two dozen PFI activists were arrested.

Before Joseph could recuperate from his injuries, the college suspended and later terminated his service. College authorities claimed that he deliberately included the controversial question to foment trouble.

According to friends and relatives of the teacher, his wife was reportedly upset with the college authorities’ indifferent attitude and the family faced severe financial constraints.


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