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.
A senior police official said madrasa manager Mohammad Taiyab Zia was arrested.
Acting on a tip-off by the locals, a police team carried out a raid at Madarsa Jamia Khadeejtul Qubra Lilabnat in Yasinganj area under Saadatganj police station last night, police said.
"The madarsa manager was arrested and 51 girls being held hostage in the institution in the old city area were rescued following the raid," they said.
Police said as they made arrangements for sending the inmates to their parents, the girls narrated their ordeal alleging inhumane treatment and molestation by the accused.
Speaking to the media, SSP Deepak Kumar said, "A 15-year-old girl student of Gomti Nagar in her written complaint has levelled charges of harassment. She has also alleged that seven other girl students were also molested by Tayyab.”
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.
One of the letters that were recovered from outside the madrassa:
A joint team of the police and local administration raided the madrassa located on the Campbell Road in Saadatganj around 9 pm on Friday and they rescued 51 girls from the madrassa. There were 126 girls from various states and other districts of Uttar Pradesh who were enrolled here.
One of the rescued girls reportedly told officials that when the girls resisted Tayyab’s sexual advances, they were tortured and beaten. Police said, "Out of the 51 rescued girls, seven have alleged sexual abuse and attempt to rape charges against convenor Tayyab Zia.”
When the issue was brought to the knowledge of the madrasa owner Syed Mohd Jilani Ashraf, he also lodged a complaint with the Saadatganj Police against the madrasa manager Taiyyab Zia Ashrafi. The owner said that he had given the building to Ashrafi for running the madrasa. Later on, he turned it into a hostel giving admissions to girls only.
A few days ago, the Uttar Pradesh police had raided two Ashrams of Baba Viredra Dev in Farrukhabad district and had recovered about 54 girls, including three from Nepal.