A Pakistani boy says he has no regrets about cutting off his own hand after being accused of blasphemy.
In his first interview since the incident made global headlines, 15-year-old Qaiser told the BBC: "Why should I feel any pain or trouble in cutting off the hand that was raised against the Holy Prophet?"
Qaiser took his drastic action after mistakenly raising his hand when an imam asked if anyone present did not believe in the teachings of Islam's holy prophet Mohammed.
Although the story has horrified an international audience, it has made fewer waves in Pakistan where blasphemy remains an offence punishable by death – whether delivered by courts or mobs. Amputating his own hand may have saved his life.
The episode began during a celebration of Mohammed's birthday at the mosque in Qaiser's home village in north-eastern Punjab.
It was several hours into the ceremony on January 11 and the crowd had worked itself into a frenzy.
The imam called out: "Who among you is a follower of Mohammed?"
Everyone raised their hands.
He followed it with another question: "Who among you doesn't believe in the teachings of the Holy Prophet? Raise your hands!"
Qaiser says he misheard and raised his hand, thinking he was once again displaying his faith.
The imam immediately accused him of blasphemy in front of 100 other worshippers.
"When I raised my right hand unwittingly, I realised I had committed blasphemy and needed to atone for this," he said.
He rushed home to put things right.
"I came back home and went to the grass-cutting machine, but found the place dark so I took my uncle's phone to point some light at my hand. I placed it under the machine and chopped it off in a single swirl," he said.
He picked up the severed hand, placed it on a tray and staggered back to the mosque, less than 100m from his home.
When he passed out, villagers took him to hospital, and now treat him as a hero for putting right a wrong.
His father said: "I don't even have money to pay the nurse. I also want a new hand for my son. My only solace is that he did it for the Prophet."
Qaiser, who was always known as a pious boy, now wants to finish his studies.
The cleric has been arrested under anti-terrorism laws.