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51 girls rescued from Lucknow madrasa, allege sexual harassment by manager

The matter came to light after the girls threw chits out of the windows detailing their ordeal, following which the neighbours alerted the law enforcement agencies

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 30, 2017 6:10 pm
Girls rescued from Lucknow madrasa The police raided Madrasa Jamia Khadeejtul Qubra Lilabnat in Yasinganj area under Saadatganj police station. (Source: ANI)

In a shocking incident, about 51 girls were rescued from a madrasa in Lucknow’s Old City area on Friday night. The police raided Madrasa Jamia Khadeejtul Qubra Lilabnat in Yasinganj area under Saadatganj police station after receiving a tip-off that the girls were sexually harassed and arrested the manager of the institution.

“The madrasa manager, Mohammad Taiyab Zia, was arrested and 51 girls being held hostage in the institution in the Old City area were rescued following the raid,” PTI quoted the police as saying. On Saturday, Zia was produced in a court, which sent him to 14 days’ judicial custody.

What comes as a surprise is that no one had an inkling of such activities going on in the madrasa despite it being located at a prime area in Lucknow. The matter only came to light after the girls threw chits out of the windows detailing their ordeal, following which the neighbours alerted the law enforcement agencies.

Police said they have made arrangements for sending the inmates to their parents. They said the girls have alleged inhumane treatment and molestation by the madrasa’s manager. “The girls have accused the manager of the madrasa of molestation. An FIR has been registered. We are also investigating if the madrasa was registered or not,” said SP Lucknow (West). The police said more than 100 girls studied at the madrasa and the rest were not present at the time of raid.

(With inputs from agencies)

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  1. Michelle:: Vedic::human
    Dec 31, 2017 at 5:00 am
    AP | Updated: Nov 22, 2017, 13:01 IST Islamic schools in Pakistan plagued by abuse of children by cleric mulla's,- KEHRORE PAKKA PAKISTAN:-Infested" with sexual abuse,-Kausar Parveen struggles through tears as she remembers the blood-soaked pants of her 9-year-old son, raped by a religious cleric. The boy had studied for a year at a nearby Islamic school in Kehrore Pakka. In late April, in the grimy two-room Islamic madrassa, he awoke one night to find his teacher lying beside him,-I didn't move. I was afraid says the boy,--The cleric lifted the boy's long tunic-style shirt over his head, and then pulled down his baggy pants,-I was crying. He was hurting me,says the boy. Police are often paid off not to pursue justice against clerics, victims' families say. And cases rarely make it past the courts, because Pakistan's legal system allows the victim's family to "forgive" the offender and accept what is often referred to as "blood money.-khabren and daily Pakistan news,---Jai hind.
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    1. Michelle:: Vedic::human
      Dec 31, 2017 at 4:58 am
      Quran,--Dihyah had asked the Messenger for Safiyah when the Prophet chose her for himself... the Apostle traded for Safiyah by giving Dihyah her two cousins. The women of Khaybar were distributed among the Muslims." Prophet Mohammed sometimes pulled rank to reserve the most beautiful captured women for himself. You are a self-respecting girl, but the prophet Mohammed is a womaniser." Words spoken by the disappointed parents of a girl who had 'offered' herself to Muhammad (prophet Mohammed accepted).---Tabari VIII:117,---Tabari IX:139,----Jai hind.
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      1. Jaya Kumar Diwakaran
        Dec 31, 2017 at 2:29 am
        Why madrassas at all in moden India ? Quran can be read at home too bcos logic is anyway not necessary for reciting religious texts be it hindu or muslim texts.
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        1. Mohammad Ansari
          Dec 31, 2017 at 12:03 am
          IT SEEMS THAT THE STORY OF POLICE IS FAKE. IN THAT MADARSA ABOUT 125 GIRLS ARE STUDYING IN DAY CLASSES . IT IS NOT STRANGE THAT 51 GIRLS WHO WERE LIVING IN MADARSA HOSTEL DID NOT GET CHANCE TO SAID ALL THESE THINGS TO THEIR CLASS FELLOWS AND THEIR PARENTS EARLIER. AND ONLY AFTER GETTING SLIP THRONE BY GIRLS FROM HOSTEL ON THE STREET , POLICE RAIDED THE MADARSA IS NOT GOING TO DIGEST THE PUBLIC EASILY. POLICE RAIDED MADARSA WITH SOME ULTERIOR MOTIVES WITH CONSPIRACY TO DEFAME THIS MUSLIM INS UTION.HOWEVER, MATTER WILL BE CLEAR ONLY WHEN THE CASE WILL COME IN COURT.
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          1. Pradeep Narendran
            Dec 31, 2017 at 12:46 am
            Yes, let the court decide - why are you making the decision and accusing the police proactively?
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            1. Akash Kumar
              Dec 31, 2017 at 1:49 am
              Disgusting, whether it is Madrasa, Church or Temple, these ins utions are sacrosanct till the moment their sanc y is preserved. Once this basic principle is diluted, it seize to be a Shrine. Don't prey on presumptuously made discombobulated beliefs. Jettison your rigid mind, and try to introspect and reconcile yourself with the fact that these beloved Mulla, Maulana and Maulvis can have prurient interest in the innocent adolescent girls, who and her parents put up their trust in these so called messengers of God. Shame!
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            2. Aanchal Kesari
              Dec 30, 2017 at 11:51 pm
              The question of sexual harassment, molestation still persists in the society. The question is how to remove it from the roots. Are there any possible measures that can be taken. Although Government has taken many steps for the aforesaid but the lack of awareness among people and willingness to work for it turns the objective of various measures into the lock without key. Therefore, it is required that Government train people to rescue themselves in such situation along with other training and awareness programs. One good thing about the above news is that girls were bold enough to throw letters and people were courageous and active enough to report it to law enforcing agencies. KUDOS TO THE SUCCESS OF GIRLS AND SOCIETY They should be given bravery award.
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              1. יִםךטאַרןמןאט
                Dec 31, 2017 at 12:20 am
                Anachal Ji - Most Dalit underage Girls and Women are sexually exploited by landed upper-caste Hindus in Indian villages. No policeman ever registers their FIRs. These are people often not allowed to enter village Hindu Temples and to draw water from common village wells. In Kerala Namboodri Spare Brahmins have a ritual using a Shawl which is presented to the matriarch of te house to secure shagging rites of Nair women including underage girls. In Karnataka and Andhra under-age, mainly Dalit, infant girls are abandoned in temples where they then serve as Dev Dasis (which invariable involves sexual explotation by powerful men, including Hindu priests). Many of these girls end up in Bhindi Bazar of Bombay and enter the trade.
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                1. Aanchal Kesari
                  Dec 31, 2017 at 12:47 am
                  Yes, there might be such issues. I am not quite sure whether the above- mentioned qualifies as fact or personal opinion. However, one thing is clear that there exists a issue of women and child trafficking which needs to be curbed. Now, it is upon you to see as to whether the aforesaid news is one of the victory story of girls in saving their lives or inaction of police officers in registering FIRs and whatever you have mentioned. My comment totally focuses on the victory of sexually harassed girls. The victory may be a short victory. But at least it is victory in some sense. ( As they made their escape from an awful place where they were being harassed) and I am not saying that these things only exists in Madrases or in some other religious ins utions. Now, I think you are really concerned Dalit women, so what can be done for them is 1) a complaint before magistrate 2) a PIL can be filed by people like you who are really concerned.
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