The poor boy is Mohammad Anwar, 15, of the Hujra Shah Muqeem district in Pakistan. We're told the villagers celebrated him and his parents expressed pride, but they are the ones who made him feel that he needed to make an even bigger gesture with his hand than the impulsive, mistaken indication that he did not pray. Their celebration and expression of pride cloaks what should be shame. They terrorized him into doing that violence to himself.
Blasphemy is a hugely sensitive issue in Pakistan, an Islamic republic of some 200 million, where even unproven allegations frequently stir mob violence and lynchings.Accused of blasphemy, how was he supposed to save himself? He only did what was rational under the circumstances.
ADDED: I pictured this:
A young man is caught in a predicament where he figures out that he must cut off his hand to save his life.