Police arrested Maulavi Sharafudeen after the victim’s parents lodged a complaint with the police.
The Kerala police arrested Maulavi Sharafudeen for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl in a madrasa in Kerala’s Ernakulam.
Maulavi had raped the victim multiple times and threatened her to harm her family if she disclosed it to anybody. The victim got scared and kept quiet.
On February 25, she told her parents that she had a stomach ache. When the parents took her to the doctor, they were shocked to know that she was pregnant. When the parents convinced her that perpetrator could not harm the family, she disclosed what had happened.
The accused had also allegedly recorded the rape on camera and threatened to reveal it if she disclosed it to anybody. The police have registered a case under POCSO and the relevant sections of the IPC.
In another case, cleric Shoaib Akhtar was arrested on February 6 for raping a 10-year-old child in a madrasa in Hyderabad. Akhtar, who taught Arabic in the madrasa, was raping the victim every day. The matter came to light on February 6 when the victim complained to his parents about the pain in his private parts.
After the victim complained to his parents about pain, they also noticed he was bleeding and had swelling in his private parts.
Akhtar was arrested from Darul Uloom madrasa after the parents approached the Mailardevapally Police. The crime had happened in the madrasa. Akhtar had threatened the victim not to reveal the incident to anybody. The police are also investigating if Shoaib has also committed other such crimes.
“We have arrested Shoaib Akhtar on a complaint filed by the victim’s mother. A case of sodomy under section 377 of IPC has been registered against the accused,” Inspector K Narasimha told the press.
This is not an isolated case of rape inside a madrasa. On January 26, Imam Jamal Ahmad had raped an 8-year-old girl inside a mosque in UP’s Mainpuri.
The victim, wrenching in pain, was crying and begging for mercy. But Imam did not relent. He set the girl free only after she started bleeding profusely. In the name of the Quran, the Imam had asked the victim not to reveal to anybody what had happened. He also asked her to come to the mosque every day as her absence might raise suspicion.
Last November, a minor girl studying in a madrasa was raped by the cleric Sheikh Mohammed Tariq in Silvassa in Dadra & Nagar Haveli. The police had arrested the cleric under the POCSO Act and the relevant sections of the IPC.
In June last year, a 48-year-old cleric was arrested in northeast Delhi for raping a 10-year-old girl inside the mosque. The girl had come to the mosque to fetch water.
“The cleric was booked under section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act,” the Delhi Police had said.