More on the rape of Madrassa girls - two articles
- ‘One rapist asked what caste, other said why ask, both are Muslim’
ALKA S PANDE
Posted online: Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 0000 hrs Print Email
The two victims, students of a madarsa run by brother of
Varanasi-blast accused, tell their story to The Sunday Express. Mother
of one alleges police said withdraw complaint, will get your husband a
ALLAHABAD, JANUARY 20 :On Wednesday, two girl students of a madarsa
run by the brother of Varanasi blasts accused Waliuallah were allegedly
abducted, raped and dropped back. On Friday night, more than 48 hours
after the incident, police included rape charges in the FIR.
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medical examination, have undergone the procedure at Dufferin Hospital.
Some men have been picked up on suspicion, but Circle Officer Rahul
Srivastava said they could be arrested only after the victims have
Allahabad DIG G.L. Meena said on Saturday, “We have a preliminary
medical report and rape can be confirmed only after the pathological
reports are available tomorrow.”
The girls told The Sunday Express they had been willing to record
statements, but madarsa manager Wasiullah, brother of Varanasi blast
accused Waliullah, had held them back. He said: “I was reluctant
because it was a matter of the girls’ izzat.”
Trembling in fear, the two girls spoke of their ordeal.
The girls said there were five men, who had a dagger and pistol. The
men broke into the madarsa on Wednesday and, after holding
warden-cum-cook Syedunissa and a peon at gunpoint, picked them out.
They said they were dragged away and raped for two hours in a field
about half a kilometre from the madarsa and then dropped back
“While leaving us back, one of them said, ‘Salaam, phir milenge 22
ko!’” said one of the victims.
They said one of their assailants had asked them what caste they were,
but then another remarked, “Why ask? They are all Musalmanin.”
The mother of one of the victims said she does not trust the SHO of
Kareli police station, Rajesh Kumar Singh, under whose jurisdiction the
She said, “He had asked me what work my husband does, and when I told
him he teaches namaaz and gets Rs 1,000 a month, he said, ‘Send him to
me, I will get him a job, but take your complaint back.’”
“But I told him that my only daughter’s life is ruined, I don’t need a
job and will not take my complaint back,” she said. Senior police
officiers in Allahabad said the rape section was inserted in the FIR on
the intervention of DIG Meena.
Standing outside the police station on Saturday were the family
members of the eight people detained for interrogation. They said the
men were picked up by police just like that.
Razia, mother of one Naushad, said her son worked at a tailor shop.
“They picked him up along with Ikhlaq, the owner of the shop, while
they were working.”
A dealer in rags, Aijaz Ahmed, said three of his workers — Nazir,
Dileep and Shiv Chand — were picked up at night when they were
sleeping. A cycle mechanic, Pappu, and another tailoring-shop employee
Shibu were also detained for questioning.
Razia and Aijaz both alleged that the police was working under
pressure from MP Atiq Ahmed, known to have criminal record, who had got
three men released late at night. They also said they were wary of one
Javed, a “social worker” who had been active in accompanying the girls
to hospital and had been seen at the police station several times.
Police refused to name those who had been arrested, but said they
would crack the case soon.
Mohammed Ayub Khan Toronto, Canada
Note from Moderator :
AMUNetwork strongly condems this shameful act and demands immidiate
action and punishment to the culprits.
EVENTS ON 20/1/2007
1. Name of the Madarsa- Madarsa Jamia Al Saalihat Islamia,
Mahmoodabaad, Basoona Road, Karaili, Allahabaad.
2. After lot of pressure and intervention of women’s groups and United
democratic Front, Medical examination of the girls was done by three
members team of doctors of Duffrin Hospital. Medical team has confirmed
the statement of both the girls i.e. assault and gang rape. Girls were
taken to MLN hospital for X-ray for the proof of age and USG.
3. Meantime the family members of the girls came and they decided to
get back the girls to their respective villages. They were reluctant to
continue in this Madarsa. But activists like Padma and Zara, persuaded
and convinced the girls and parents that they should stay back and
continue studies and complete the rest 3 months course. They suggested
if the girls do not want to stay at Madarsa they could arrange another
place in the city for completion of their study.
4. In the night around 9 pm, victim’s cloths were handed over to the
police for examination. Then the both of the activist took the girls
along with police (SO, CO, Lady officer and another officer plus
constables) to the incident site for identification. Girls identified
four persons by face or voice recognition. All persons are Muslim.
5. Mulyam, who was in Allahabad for ‘holy dip’ at sangam, announced two
lakh each as help for the girls. But didn’t took any action against
anyone including alleged SO.
6. Girls were stayed at the house of the president of United Democratic
EVENTS ON 21/1/2007
1. UDF and other groups had organized a protest dharna in front of
Chowk Kotwali. Dharna continued for several hours. Subhashini Ali of
Aidwa, Rita Bhauguna Joshi of Mahila Congress, AIPWA, CPI-ML, Stree
Adhikaar sanghatan and several others organization and prominent
citizen, individual and hundreds of local residents including Muslim
women were present at dharana. They expressed their anguish. Subhashini
spoke about the lawlessness prevailed in the state. She said, police
inaction shows that how insensitive this government is about the safety
of womenfolk. She also hinted about a local leader who has criminal
background, responsible for crime culture in Allahabaad. Rita Bahuguna,
who is tirelessly struggling for last three days, said we as a citizen
and women activist are not going to tolerate this type of heinous crime
in the district.
2. Their demand was, (a) immediate arresting of all the culprits (b)
Help of Five lakh each to both the girls. (c) One lakh each to all the
girls present at Madarsa (d) Alternative place to madarsa and monetary
help (e) Tight the security of all the girls hostel in the city (f)
like Nithari, investigation of this incident should be done by
independent agency (g) action against the local police officials for
their sheer negligence and inaction.
3. Mayawati also came to meet the girls. She met all the girls at
Madarsa and gave five Lakhs to make the security arrangement of
Madarasa. She also demanded CBI enquiry of the incident.
4. Local people mainly Muslims were very furious. They blocked the
roads at several places.
5. People were very agitated. Several times they became aggressive.
They even tried to reach Kotwali forcefully. Leaders had tough time to
control their anguish.
6. There is a strong feeling against Local MP and strongman Ateeq
Ahmad. During the dharana people regularly chanted slogan against him
and his Samajwadi Party.
7. It was also learnt that manager of Masdarsa first tried to hide this
8. What was the motive of this incident? There was a speculation on
this aspect. There is a strong feeling that incident has something to
do with land on which this madarsa is built. Around this Madarsa, a
colony named Elena city is proposed. This private colony is going to be
developed by MP’s relative. Madarsa is a hurdle for their proposed
city. So acquiring this land, their goons did this crime. This aspect
is still a speculation. Need for further investigation.
9. A section of people and relatives of all those persons held by the
police came at Dharna. They claimed their kin are innocent. Some people
said police are harassing the innocent and poor.
10. Identification of the culprits and their arresting became a matter
of controversy and posed dilemma.
11. It is worth mentioning that all the girls are in bad mental state.
They are living every minute with horrific incident. They are not
getting any time to calm themselves. Some time the Media then other
time it is politician and activists are are forcing them to remind
every details of the horrific crime. I thing all the girls including
two girls need urgent sound/ gendered counseling. I hope women
organization will intervene and will provide professional counseling.
12. UDF has taken the lead in this agitation. They have a strong Muslim
following. Mahila congress and Stree Adhikaar Sanghatan are working in
close coordination along with UDF in Allahabad.
13. After four days, No Muslim women/civil society organization except
UDF reacted so far.
Today on 22-01-07. Political parties- CPI, CPM, CPI-ML, UDF, RJD and
others sat on Dharna at Allahabad Collectriate.
Nasiruddin (with inputs from Padma and Zara)
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