“Madrassas teach punishment for blasphemy is beheading,” says Kerala Governor Arif Khan as he asks for an assessment of madrassa curriculum    

Arif Mohammad Khan, the governor of Kerala, asked for an assessment of the madrassa curriculum after outrage over the beheading of a man in Udaipur. The two assailants allegedly intended to “strike terror among the masses across the country,” according to the National Investigation Agency. Politicians from all political parties have denounced the event.

“We worry when symptoms come but refuse to notice the deeper disease. Children are being taught in madrassas that punishment for blasphemy is beheading. It’s being taught as the law of God…What’s being taught there should be examined,” Khan said.

Two Muslim men killed a shopkeeper in Udaipur, Rajasthan, on Tuesday because he had supported Nupur Sharma, an ex-BJP leader, in a social media post. The murder was caught on camera, and a video of the victim being beheaded by two Muslim men quickly became popular on social media. The attackers had also uploaded films on the internet, claiming they were taking revenge for an insult to Islam.

The two apprehended suspects, Riaz Akhtari and Ghouse Mohammad, claimed responsibility for the crime and then threatened to stab Prime Minister Narendra Modi too. Additionally, they made a subliminal reference to Nupur Sharma, who earlier this month caused controversy with a comment she made against the Prophet Mohammad.

In Rajasthan, section 144 has been implemented as tensions have risen. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is looking into the issue, and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot vowed that the Rajasthan Police Anti-Terrorist Squad will completely cooperate with the investigation team.

On Wednesday, curfew remained in effect in seven police station neighbourhoods in the city, while mobile internet connections were shut down in all 33 districts of the state.