In yet another crime against minor inside a Madarsa, a 52-year-old teacher at local Madrasa was arrested in Madhya Pradesh. The teacher was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor girl on Sunday.
The accused Maulana Abdul Rauf allegedly took the 10-years-old girl to a corner inside the Madrasa and touched her inappropriately. The incident come to light when the girl’s parents filed an FIR at the Khajrana police station, as reported by DNA.
The accused Maulana was booked under section 354 of the IPC and under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. This is not the only case in the recent history involving crimes against minors are on the rise.
Earlier in the year, two cases of abuse against a large number of students in madrasa had surfaced. In Pune, the Maulana was arrested on the accusation of sexually assaulting 36 students. Similarly, UP police had rescued 51 girls who were sexually assaulted at a madrasa in Lucknow, UP.
In another shocking incident, a 70-year-old madrasa teacher was arrested for molesting 9-year-old student in New Delhi. After one such incident, some of the Islamists had claimed that the accusations were false and offered to marry the survivor to the accused.
Such ghastly incidents raise serious questions about the laws we have to protect our children. Madhya Pradesh has been at the forefront of bringing strict laws to protect the minors and ensure that the victims get speedy justice.
The MP assembly had passed a law in December 2017 that seeks a death penalty for those found guilty of raping girls below the age of 12. The law proved effective after a horrific incident that occurred in May. The investigation was completed in three days and the trial was concluded in 46 days.
The convict was awarded a death penalty according to the new law. One can only hope other states take a cue from MP and pass stricter laws to protect the children of our country and prevent such heinous crimes.