This is becoming a global problem. There is a polio outbreak in Syria because Pakistani jihadis are bringing the virus from home. A Pakistani Muslim cleric has said that polio vaccinations are un-Islamic. And the Taliban have for some time been murdering people who were administering the polio vaccine in Pakistan. And it isn’t just Pakistan: last February in Nigeria, a Muslim cleric was arrested for playing a role in sparking the murders of polio workers.
Issuing a shocking fatwa, a Muslim cleric asked villagers in Uttar Pradesh to boycott polio campaigns and schools in the locality.
In the fatwa, the cleric claimed that polio campaigns put new-born babies in danger. The fatwa has been issued in at least 30 Muslim dominated villages in Sambhal district.
According to media reports, the cleric, by issuing the fatwa, has been trying to pressurise the state government to make their villages part of the adjoining Moradabad district.
A fine of Rs 500 will be slapped against those who will disobey the fatwa, threatened the cleric.
Nearly 10 villages saw a total boycott while others witnessed a partial boycott of polio campaign on Nov 24, said a report. A fine of Rs 500 will be slapped against those who will disobey the fatwa….