Imam Ghulam Rasool
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Shock expressed over Birmingham Koran boy beating

An Islamic leader has expressed shock that two Muslim school teachers beat a 10-year-old boy with a stick for reciting the Koran incorrectly.

Mohammed Siddique, 60, and his son Mohammed Waqar, 24, admitted wilful cruelty to a child under 16 and were jailed for a year.

The four attacks took place at the Jamia Mosque in Sparkbrook, Birmingham.

Imam Ghulam Rasool, from the Arab Cultural Centre in West Bromwich, said: "It is more shocking than any other crime.

"These are the most valuable members of our community - they are the most vulnerable members of our community too."