India: Muslim cleric booked for raping minor girl in a mosque, but what’s new? By Ashlyn Davis
Monday, June 07, 2021
Jihad Watch : On Monday, May 31, Delhi Police arrested
a 48-year-old Muslim cleric on charges of raping a minor girl inside a
mosque in northeast Delhi. It is alleged that the 12-year-old had gone
inside the mosque on Sunday night to fetch water; upon her return, she
told her parents what she had endured in the mosque.
The girl’s parents
filed a complaint with the Delhi Police on Sunday night. The police
began a search and arrested the accused, who was from Gaziabad’s Loni,
on Monday. The cleric, who is married and has four children, has been
“booked under section 376 [rape] of the Indian Penal Code and relevant
sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO)
Act,” said the police.
As heinous as the crime is, one would expect that
woke-liberal-feminist activists, especially those hailing from Bollywood
(the Indian film industry), would flood their Instagram and Twitter
handles with outraged condemnations of the act. Yet not one of these
flag-bearers of morality and icons of outrage could summon up enough
courage to do so.
Why? Is it because they want to keep from being labeled
“Islamophobes” for slamming a rape-accused mullah? Or have the
occurrences of clerics who have mastered Islamic theology and sacred law
committing rapes of children inside Muslim religious venues become so
rampant and common on the Indian subcontinent that they hardly surprise
Back in April of this year, a 14-year-old girl was raped by a moulvi
(a Muslim religious scholar) named Zafru inside a mosque in Alwar,
Rajasthan. In this case, the girl had not gone to the mosque
voluntarily, but was abducted from her house, taken to the mosque, and
raped. Zafru, who had a wife and two children, then threw the minor into
a nearby well and fled the town with his family. The girl was rescued
by the police with the help of local people.
The events surrounding these rapes get weirder with every occurrence.
The villagers of Katra, Muzaffarpur took turns sending meals to the
cleric of a local mosque.
Back in January 2019, when a 15-year-old girl
went to deliver food to the cleric at the mosque, he sedated her and
subsequently raped her inside the venue. He also made a video in the
process. She was threatened into silence and was repeatedly raped at the
mosque, resulting in a pregnancy, which broke the news to the locals.
In March 2019, a minor girl was lured inside a mosque in Peshawar,
Pakistan by cleric Qari Saeed. The cleric, as it is alleged, had
promised to give her good-luck bearing amulets, and sexually assaulted
her in a room inside the mosque. In August 2020, a disturbing video
emerged on the internet from Pakistan’s Sindh province. The viral video
showed a Muslim cleric raping a minor boy while he was reading the Quran
in the prayer house.
When it comes to sexually abusing minors, the madrassas have also
contributed a fair share of headlines. A madrassa manager along with
five others was accused of raping an 11-year-old girl in Uttar Pradesh’s
Ghosi in 2018. In August 2020, a 25-year-old madrassa teacher from
Raipur, Chhattisgarh, was booked for raping his nine-year-old student,
whom he taught Urdu. These Islamic religious schools are awash with
instances of molestation of minor boys.
It is an open secret and an
accepted way of life here. In February 2018, a lone student of Madrasa
Darul-Hudda in Baramulla was called by his teacher into his room, where,
right after wrapping up his morning prayer, the teacher molested the
minor boy. Other students were arriving at the mosque to study the
Qur’an when this incident took place.
This episode stands out in itself, not because of the nature of
crime, but because of its timing. As we have come to conclude from
several news reports, madrassa teachers generally take boys with them
during nighttime to perform unnatural sex acts. It is hence unique that
the Madrasa Darul-Hudda teacher allegedly chose the morning, after
prayer time, to accomplish the act.
In another shocking instance, Kashmiri Maulvi Aijaz Shaikh was
accused of raping scores of minor boys under the pretext of warding off
evil paranormal elements, and was booked under section 377 of Jammu
& Kashmir’s Ranbir Penal Code.
Parents would voluntarily send their
children as young as 11- to 14-year-olds to have the “evil eye” removed
by the maulvi. The teacher of the Qur’an and Arabic in a local school
would not only sexually exploit them, but when he had collected several
boys, he would make them perform sexual activities on each other, and
watched them all night.
Islamic schools and mosques in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are
infested with crimes of the sexual abuse of children, irrespective of
gender. However, seldom has any exemplary judgement been pronounced to
punish the perpetrators. What is even rarer is for the family members of
the minor victims to file formal complaints of sexual abuse against
these institutions, fearing social backlash and victim-blaming.
Indian media treats these cases with kid gloves, lest reporting on
them ends up infuriating the demographic that is known to gather in mobs
and target establishments and their facilities. Hence, in many cases,
they have been found guilty of manipulating facts by giving out
misleading headlines that suggest that Hindu priests have committed the
atrocious sexual assaults.
Only when one reads the entire article and
locates the name of the culprit does one realizes that the perpetrator
is a Muslim and not a Hindu.
Again, most people tend to glance over the
headlines and scroll to the next. Hence the truth remains obscured, just
the way the media intended.