A minor girl student has been raped in the hostel of the famous madrassa Shamsul Uloom Niswa in Mau, UP. Shockingly, the rapist is none other than the madrassa administrator’s brother, Mohammed Kasim (aka Babubhai), Hindi daily Dainik Jagran has reported.
The victim’s mother lodged a police complaint in the matter on Sunday. The victim’s mother, a resident of Padrauna in Kushinagar district, told that her daughter learns Arabic and Urdu in the madrassa. On the night of 4th August, the hostel’s dai (female assistant) called her daughter out on some pretext and locked her in the kitchen, where Mohammed Kasim raped her.
When the girl started shouting, Kasim threatened that 4-5 more people were standing outside and they would kill her if she didn’t keep quiet. The next day, the girl told her sister who was studying in the same madrassa about her ordeal. Soon, all the girls in the hostel started protesting and demanded that Kasim be arrested. But the madrassa administrator managed to bury the matter.
On the 12th of August, when the mother came to the hostel to meet her girls, she found out about the matter and lodged a complaint with police.
Several incidents of girls & boys being sexually exploited in madrassas (Islamic religious schools), have come to light in recent times.
- Few days back, an Agra madrassa’s head cleric Abdul Kalam was arrested for sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy in the institution’s basement – police suspect many other minor students have been sexually assaulted by Kalam.
- In May, A maulvi (cleric) was arrested from a madrassa in Hyderabad, Telangana for sexually abusing 6 minor children.
- In April, a 10-year-old Hindu girl was raped in a Ghaziabad madrassa by a madrassa student and maulvi.
- Again in April, a 9-year-old girl student was raped by a 70-year-old maulvi inside a madrassa in Delhi’s Narela slum area.
- In Dec last year, 51 girls were rescued after a raid was conducted on a madrassa in Lucknow’s old city area following complaints of sexual harassment of the inmates by the institute’s manager.
- In 2015, journalist VP Rajeena and director Ali Akbar both came out with startling revelationsabout sexual abuse in madrassas that they had attended as a child.
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