Man charged over child cruelty during Ashura

    A man charged with child cruelty appeared in court this week, after allegedly encouraging two teenage boys to harm themselves as part of a religious ritual. Police arrested Syed Mustafa Zaidi, 44, Eccles, after a complaint was made that the boys had taken part in an Ashura ceremony often done by the Shia sect which involves self-flagellation, at a community centre in Longsight, Manchester on January 19, it was reported.

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