Saturday, March 14, 2009

India: Muslim shoots 8-year-old girl for spraying colored powder on him in celebration of Hindu festival

Holi, the Festival of Colors, is a popular Hindu festival that people celebrate by sprinkling others with colored powder. But as we have documented many times here, Muslims don't look kindly upon infidel celebrations: fatwas go out annually warning Muslims not to celebrate Christmas or offer Christians Christmas greetings, not to celebrate Valentine's Day, etc. It is likely that Mohammed Rashid thought that by being sprayed with colors he was being tainted with Hindu idolatry, and so he struck out against the infidel offender. "O ye who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are near to you, and let them find harshness in you, and know that Allah is with those who keep their duty (unto Him)" -- Qur'an 9:123.

"8-year-old girl is shot at in MP for spraying colours on a man," from the Press Trust of India, March 12:

Shahdol: An eight-year-old girl was on Wednesday allegedly shot at and injured by a person apparently peeved with her for spraying colour at him on the occasion of Holi at Parmaniya Khurd village in Shahdol district of Madhya Pradesh.

Shelly Gupta was hurt in both legs when fisherman Mohammed Rashid of Singpur village allegedly opened fire with his gun at a group of children celebrating Holi as they sprayed him with colours, Kotwali police station in-charge Vijay Pratap Singh said. She was admitted to the Shahdol district hospital where her condition was stated to be out of danger.

Hearing gunshots, villagers gathered at the spot and beat up Rashid before handing him over to the police. A case has been registered against the accused.

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