SONS OF two trustees of a madrasa in Vanthali town of Junagadh district were booked by police after a widow filed a complaint against them late on Thursday night alleging them of raping her. This is second complaint of sexual assault within a week against the duo, who police say, themselves are also part of the madrasa administration.
The victim, a resident of Rampara area in Junagadh city filed a complaint with Vanthali police at 10:20 pm on Thursday. In her complaint, the woman, who is a widow, alleged that Iliyas Karud and Zakariya Karud raped her at Jamia Talim-ul-Quran, a madrasa in Vanthali town around a year ago. “I had gone there to collect a kit for widows donated by the madrasa. But Iliyas Isa Karud and Zakariya Karud took me to guest house of the madrasa and raped me in separate incidents,” the 35-year-old widow stated in her complaint.
This is second complaint of rape against Iliyas and Zakariya within a week. A woman of Junagadh city who was working at the madrasa in Vanthali had filed a complaint against the duo on October 21 alleging they repeatedly raped her at different locations over last two-and-a-half year. Iliyas is son of Isa Karud, a trustee of the Jamia Talim-ul-Quran madrasa while Zakariya is son of Maulana Mohammed Karud, another trustee of the madrasa. Police say that Iliyas and Zakariya are also associated with the administration of the madrasa.
Early in January this year, Iliyas and Isa were booked by police for allegedly sodomising four students of the madrasa. The father-son duo were arrested by police in connection with the January case. Later on, the High Court had granted them conditional bail that they will not enter Junagadh district limits.
The cases of rape have been registered after the women moved the Gujarat High Court. Around four months back, the women had given their complaints to Vanthali police. Police sub-inspector of Vanthali conducted primary inquiry into the complaints and concluded that no offence was made out.
But the women approached the HC which directed superintendent of police of Junagadh to conduct inquiry and take a decision if a cognizable offence was revealed in the complaints filed by the two women.
“According to Lalita Kumari judgment of the Supreme Court, police can conduct a primary inquiry before registering an FIR if a complaint is filed late. Instead of just deciding if the complaints revealed any offence, the Vanthali PSI inquired about entire cases. After the direction of the High Court, I conducted separate inquiries and have concluded that the complaints reveal cognisable offence. Therefore, we have filed FIRs,” Junagadh SP Nilesh Jajadiya told The Indian Express.