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Man charged after Muslim ceremony
A man has been charged with child cruelty after two teenage boys allegedly took part in a religious ceremony involving flagellation.

Syed Mustafa Zaidi, 43, of Station Road in Eccles, Salford, is due before magistrates in Manchester on Friday.

The charge relates to the treatment of two boys, aged 15 and 13, in a traditional Ashura ceremony held at a community centre in Levenshulme.

The investigation was carried out with the help of the local Muslim community.



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