Cleric Who Escaped After Raping 8-Year-Old Girl In Jharkhand Madrasa Arrested
An atrocious act committed by an imam has come to light from a madrasa in Jharkhand’s Simdega district.
The cleric was arrested for allegedly raping an 8-year-old girl who used to go to him regularly to take Urdu tuition along with other children, PTI reported.
The incident that occurred on Sunday became public on Monday after the girl’s family approached Kolebira Police Station to lodge an FIR in the matter.
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Girl raped on campus
According to the police, the girl went to the madrasa on Sunday for Urdu lessons. The 43-year-old imam Aminuddin Ansari sent all the pupils except her home. Then he took the girl to his room on the campus, where he allegedly raped her, The New Indian Express reported.
After raping her, he purportedly threatened the girl and told her that a jinn had possessed him – which he has kept in a bottle, to kill her parents.
The teary-eyed girl went back home and narrated the incident in its entirety to her family members – who then lodged a police complaint. She also revealed to the police that the imam had allegedly raped her even two months ago, but she kept mum out of fear.
Muslim body tried to settle matter
It has also come to the fore that the local Muslim body tried to settle the matter after it came to their notice, but the girl’s family stuck with their decision to file an FIR. The girl’s family had contacted the local Muslim body on Sunday before going to the police.
The institution tried to settle the matter by calling an emergency meeting on Monday, but the imam escaped.
Minor abuse in madrassas in 2022
This year has seen several minor abuse cases from madrassas across the nation.
In February 2022, a madrasa teacher in Kerala’s Pathanamthitta was arrested for sexually assaulting and verbally abusing girl students – who were aged 11 or under.
In June 2022, a case was registered against the 50-year-old maulana of a madrasa in Agra district for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl at the institution. At least 30 girls stayed in the madrasa – where the accused lived with his three wives and children. The maulana’s son, daughter and his grandfather used to threaten the girl for her life to force her silence.
In August 2022, an 11-year boy was allegedly sexually assaulted inside a madrasa by a cleric in north-east Delhi’s Shiv Vihar. The cleric also threatened the victim of sexual assault with dire consequences in case he disclosed the incident to anyone.
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