Muslim Forces Teenagers to Beat Themselves

A Muslim man has been accused of forcing two teenage boys to whip themselves until they bleed.

44 year old Syed Mustafa Zaidi is accused of demanding that the teenage boys, one 15 the other just 13, beat themselves in the middle of a community centre in a barbaric religious ceremony. Zaidi also beat himself with a whip made of knives and chains. The practice is part of a Shia Muslim ceremony called Ashura.

Zaidi has been charged with two counts of child cruelty. Andrew Nuttall, prosecuting, said that Zaidi took the arm of the 13-year-old boy, took off his T-shirt so he was bare-chested and put the zanjeer zani (whip) in his hand and told him to flog himself.

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