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New Delhi: At least 51 girls were rescued on Friday after raids were conducted at a madrasa in Uttar Pradesh’s Shahadatganj after complaints of sexual harassment against its manager.

The girls, in their written complaint, accused the madrasa manager of beating and molesting them. They even alleged that they were being exploited sexually in madrasa kitchen and were even forced to dance on vulgar songs by the manager of the madrasa. Following the complaint, the Lucknow police conducted raids at the premises and arrested the manager.

Meanwhile, the statements of the girls have been recorded by the police and the matter has been reported to the Child Welfare Committee.

Deepak Kumar, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Lucknow said that an investigation has been launched in the matter. “We took strict action, the moment we got the complaint. We took our team and went there for the raid. We found 51 students who were held hostage in the madrasa. The culprit is arrested and we are doing our investigation. He used to molest those students and also beat them,” he said.

Vikas Tripathi, Superintendent of Police, West Uttar Pradesh said that an FIR has been lodged in this regard. “Today we got a complaint that few students are allegedly held hostage in madrasa. There were different complaints as well by the students. We took the issue seriously and with the joint team we came here to raid. After the investigation we found that the complaints were right. So we had lodged FIR. The accused has been arrested,” the SP said.

Though, around 125 girls studied at this madrasa but only 51 girls were present at the time when raids were conducted at the premises.

After female journalist, now filmmaker Ali Akbar says he was sexually abused in Kerala Madrasa.

New Delhi: Malayalam film director, Ali Akbar, has made a sensational revelation that he was sexually abused by an ustad (teacher) during his time in Madrasa.

Film director, Ali Akbar, said that when he was in Class 4 at a Madrasa in Wayanad district of Kerala, the ustad had sexually exploited him.

Ali said that the ustad was in habit of sexually exploiting every student in his class and that he stopped attending Madarsa classes, in early 70s, after he became a victim of such shameful act.

It was only at that time, Ali said, he decided that his children will never attend Madrasa.

Ali’s remark contradicted the claims of Sunni Muslim leader Kanthapuram Aboobacker Musliyar that Kerala Madrasas were free from sexual abuse.

Ali also said that ‘if Musliyar is willing to look into the issue, he will provide him with the details of the ustad’.

Furthermore, he said sexual exploitation of children in Madrasas is still going on but nobody is ready to speak out against it out of fear.

Recently, a Kerala journalist had made it to the headlines for explaining how students of the Madrasa, where she studied, were sexually abused.

Kerala woman journalist’s FB account blocked after she narrates stories of sexual abuse in Madrasa. A journalist in Kerala has come under fire on social media for explaining how students of the Madrasa, where she studied, were sexually abused.

VP Rajeena, working with the Media One Group, wrote a detailed post on Facebook recalling her student days at a Sunni madarsa in Kozhikode, Kerala.

Her post went viral with over 1,700 users sharing it and attracted a lot of abuses and threats from minority community.

Not only this, the detractors were so large in numbers that Facebook was forced to close down her profile on Wednesday.

The Facebook post reads: “On the first day of class, the fat ustaad in his early 50s, sharing the name of the 4th Caliph (read Ali) called the boys of the class, unzipped their pants and started feeling them up. Kids were embarrassed and tried to object. The ‘Ustad’ would then tell the boys that he was only checking the size.”

Rajeena said that girls too were left embarrassed. According to her, ustaad used to move around the class during power cuts and sexually abuse girls.

The Ustaad also used to poke the girls unnecessarily, she said, adding he used to beat up for several reasons.

Rajeena said that she made these revelations at this time because she started hearing the opinions of conservative community organisations on the question of gender equality, related to the Feroke college issue.

“Muslim women here are facing denial of justice on so many levels. They do not have a platform to raise these issues within the community. I was forced to use social networks because of this very reason,” she added.

“Should Islam save molesters and p(a)edophiles? Is Islam that weak? For me, Islam is not, for me, Islam ascertains the rights of not only men and women, but also all living beings in this universe,” Rajeena further added.

 

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