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Teacher gives a 'taste' of hell

2009-08-27 18:07

Jakarta - An Indonesian teacher has been suspended after she allegedly burned her students with matches to make a point that hell is much hotter than match fire, a report said on Thursday.

The teacher at a junior high school in the West Java city of Bandung lit matchsticks and placed the flames close to her students' hands during in an Islamic religious lesson on Tuesday, the Detik.com news portal said.

"She said hell was mostly occupied by women. That's why we were targeted," Detik.com quoted one of the students, Siti Nurjanah, as saying.

The teacher pressed the matchstick on the cheek of one of the students who blew the flame out because she was scared, the student reportedly said.

School principal Erik Sudeni said the teacher had been suspended pending an internal investigation.

Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim country with more than 85% of its 230 million people following Islam.

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