Child rape: Three-year-old assaulted by madrassa teacher

Published: May 22, 2011

The accused has been arrested after medical reports confirmed rape.

PESHAWAR: 

The police have arrested a madrassa teacher on charges of sexual assaulting a three-year-old boy in the Kakshal area of Peshawar on Saturday.

A police official of the Yakatut Police Station told The Express Tribune that accused Gul Zaman, a resident of the Orakzai Agency, was arrested after the assault victim’s father Shahbaz Khan reported the incident late on Friday.

The official said that the Zaman was teaching at Masjid Ameer Mowia in the Qureysh Abad locality of the Kashkal area. He added that Zaman had also confessed to the crime.

The police official revealed that a case has been registered against the accused and medical reports have also confirmed rape. The father of the victim told The Express Tribune that he took his son to the doctor after his family told him about his son’s condition.

Khan, who has three sons, said that all his children go to the same mosque for religious education in the evening, where the accused was their teacher.

He said that police arrested the accused upon the doctor’s report and also detained two other people, including one of Zaman’s guests.

However, local police only confirmed the arrest of Zaman and said that the  two others were picked up on suspicion but were released following initial investigations.

Society for the Protection of Rights of Children (SPARC) Provincial Chief Jahanzeb Khan told The Express Tribune that the provincial assembly had last year passed the Child Protection Act and there is also a Child Protection Committee in the province.

He added that it was now the responsibility of the authorities to proceed with the case.

“The authorities should enforce the law to protect children from such assaults,” Jahanzeb said.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 22nd, 2011.

Reader Comments (23)

  • muhammad kamran
    May 22, 2011 - 10:57AM

    this is a very common occurrence in our madrassas.The maulvis & ulema routinely rape small children but no one does anything against these people as everyone in pakistan is afraid of the people with beards as if you file a case against the beards they will immediately accuse you falsely of having committed blasphemy under the odious blasphemy laws & your life will be ruined.

    The religious fanatics regularly rape young children but the media is so scared of the fundoos that they don’t give coverage to such events,none of the anchors who scream & shout at everything else will go near such a case as they don’t want to get blown up by a religious psycho.Recommend

  • siraj siddiqui
    May 22, 2011 - 11:01AM

    The mullahs in our country get away with everything because of our ignorant’s public braindead behaviour when it comes to anything about islam.We lose our ability to think rationally when anybody mentions anything about islam.
    This is the reason extremists have been getting away with horrific crimes they commit in our land.
    Paedophile maulvis are nothing unusual or rare,paedophile maulvis are very common in our country,they rape children not only in madrassas but rape the children when they go to teach the quran in the homes of the children,the parents can’t do anything as the maulvis threaten them that we’ll have hundreds of our people from the madrassa protesting against you for being an enemy of islam.

    it’s time our media started covering the crimes of the religious barbarians of our country.Recommend

  • sidra waqar
    May 22, 2011 - 11:08AM

    The ulema & maulvis rape without fear as they know that even if some parent tries to raise a voice against this rape the maulvi can easily accuse the parents of being agents of america or india,that the mullah can call them yahodi or kaafir agents & the parents will go silent and the maulvi will get away with his rape.

    the thing to remember is that rape of children by maulvis is very commonplace in our society.It is time we got rid of our fear of anyone with a beard & started treating these paedophile maulvis with the contempt they deserve.

    I had friends who used to tell me that their maulvi would try touching them inappropriately & when she told her mother the mother like a typical pakistani woman said ” allah se tobah karo,maulvi sahab kay baray mey aisi baat karna bhi gunah hai aur allah dozakh may daal dega”. This ridiculous state of denial of our people is just sick.

    come on people ,wake up, just because someone doesn’t shave doesn’t make him automatically a good person.Don’t let their beards fool you.Recommend

  • Mirza
    May 22, 2011 - 11:27AM

    These vultures are extremists, killers, child molesters and aid and abet the powerful including the right wing JI, JUI and others. Why are they not banned, yes they are the pillar of mullah/military alliance that can be used against all secular leaders time and again. Recommend

  • sarmad ahsan
    May 22, 2011 - 11:54AM

    Have beard,will rape,will then get away with rape.Recommend

  • Zak5126
    May 22, 2011 - 12:07PM

    Disgusting!
    I am from Peshawar and assure you that every medressah has such teachers and the medressah administrations know it.

    (2) Now that the pervert mullah has confessed, how much (punishment) will he get? I am sure our society hardly considers this worth any thing more than a few months in jail! This pervert will be out again, and will easily get job in another medressah.Recommend

  • rk singh
    May 22, 2011 - 12:25PM

    why cant kids in Pakistan go to proper schools. Why madrassas? These are the places where extremism and intolerence is bred. These are the places which pull countries like Pakistan down into garbage dump.

    Even Hindusim had the concept of gurukul. These are long but extinct. Unless muslims learn to modernise themselves, they will lag behind every body in all fields. Just having bank balances and shiny new cars do not signify progress. Culturally they should progress. They should not get tied down to thought processes 1400 years old.Recommend

  • Sovereign_Citizen
    May 22, 2011 - 12:43PM

    The Masjid named after Ameer Mowia, a man considered noble by some muslims, is where the Mulllah find best to perform such activities. This teacher must have been trained by the grand teacher of the teachers Mr Maulana Fazal ur Rehman, the champion of Tahafuzz-e-Namoos-Rasool Tehrik. My request to Pakistanis to start a Tehrik agaisnt these Mullahs for Tahafuzz-e-Namoos-Masaajid-o-Madaaris. Recommend

  • May 22, 2011 - 1:35PM

    @sidra waqar:
    Very impressively elaborated. Our impotent government and our Criminal Procedure Code are lax and our legal community is ‘SPINELESS.’ If it took nine years for the courts to decide the case of Mukhtaran Mai……….then certainly that is not the last hurrah! But more pain and heartrending decisions will follow. The present day incident of how effectively the police and court in New York are dealing with the IMF’s MD, Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s attempted rape case, is an eye-popper and reminder.
    Sooner or later vigilante justice will emerge if justice is denied and like catching thieves and thrashing them senseless and setting them on fire, the molvis will also meet the same fate. So much for our beards. Salams to an expected better Pakistan’s future. Recommend

  • mahmood
    May 22, 2011 - 3:53PM

    @rk singh:
    1400 years back, we were asked to be merciful to the mankind and not to rape children. pls be correct. Even at that time rapes were very common in that society mainly due to low status of women. Islam placed very harsh punishments for these heinous crimes which now a days have become a tool in the hands of critics of Islam to malign it .Recommend

  • imran bhat
    May 22, 2011 - 8:53PM

    Catholics, all over the world, from the Pope to their regional pastors have been and are still being harshly censured by ordinary people for their complecency and complicity in child sex abuse in their churches: can you do the same to your mullah after reading this story? – which is neither the first nor could it be the last if you did not take your mullah to task.Recommend

  • Waseem
    May 24, 2011 - 12:32PM

    @rk singh

    Well said brother. This is the only way out.

    @Mahmood
    Can you give an example of such Muslim today in our society? No! Because we don’t have one! I would say that there is a need to correct ourselves (Muslims). Our preaching, preachers, teachings, teachers every aspect need a complete overhaul. Recommend

  • Leila Rage
    May 24, 2011 - 6:48PM

    May that sick mullah rot in hell. What have we come to as a nation? Why is rape such a popular crime, and that too the rape of young CHILDREN? It is truly sickening. May God purge our nation of such perverts. Recommend

  • SHAFI
    May 25, 2011 - 10:06AM

    This is not a act of even Non-Muslim. Being a islamic teacher he did a big sin with a boy. Allah will not forgive him and Sure Allah’s will crush that land where homosex and rape is common. Now Pakistan is no more PAK it is “NAPAK-ISTAN”Recommend

  • Zwandun
    May 27, 2011 - 7:42AM

    probably we should call it some Jewish-hindu-christian propaganda and pretend that nothing is rotten in the state of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Ali
    Jun 5, 2011 - 12:29AM

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/181218/sexual-assault-assaulted-in-her-husbands-presence/

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/182376/railway-police-official-sent-on-forced-leave-in-sexual-harassment-probe/

    These are 2 other stories in which ppl are not commenting as they are ready to abuse Islam/Madrassa but won’t see the same stuff done by other non religious ppl. Hypocrisy is killing Pakistan inside out.Recommend

  • indian guy
    Jun 5, 2011 - 10:48AM

    @ Ali, what is the connect between these two issues? Just commenting on the story will do something? The issue here is not regarding madrasas. It is about the right kind of schools children should go. Nobody is saying that Islam is bad. Just the people who are raping are bad.Recommend

  • Jun 7, 2011 - 2:22AM

    just what we need thes so called molvis to degade us and our nation further……..being a molvi he doesnt know the punishment of rape or what he will face in the grave ?Recommend

  • Enraged
    Jun 13, 2011 - 12:40AM

    Heart rending!!!
    Now that the Mullah is caught, they’d say that he was possessed by some Jinn or the Satan himself and, the criminal would be freed; An easy way to end responsibility.

    The beacon of change seems bleak because these Mullahs find support among the people, our people.Recommend

  • Ali
    Jun 13, 2011 - 9:22PM

    @indian guy:

    Its strange to see that nobody has yet posted any comment on the news about a young wife being raped by 4 ppl in front of husband because it doesn’t defame Islam or Mullahs. Don’t tell us which school is better for kids. GO worry about your own country filled with 450 million who can’t even eat properly. There are more than 100,000 Madrassas in Pakistan and if 1, 10 or 100 are under such influence than it doesn’t mean Madrassas are bad. So plz don’t tell us what to do. Our security is trying its best. There are million n millions of hindus in india being preached hatred about Islam, Pakistan & Muslims. We have videos on youtube. Go close all schools if you can where they got such training. Hypocrisy is killing Pakistan/Pakistanis inside out.Recommend

  • rk singh
    Jun 14, 2011 - 9:01AM

    @ali,

    everybody knows what madrassas teach. They are filthy places where pedophilia abounds. Just being under the care of these wreched mullahs are enough to make these guys crave for suicide missions. They dont want to be alive after what has happened to them.

    As for India’s poverty, let me assure you. Our poorest of the poor are equal to your middle class in cash holdings. Food is not a issue here.

    Your security is trying best? Like in Karachi killing of a innocent boy? Yes ther is a video of it on the Youtube.Recommend

  • Ali
    Jun 16, 2011 - 9:18AM

    @rk singh:
    Mr Singh as I said don’t worry about others. Do you know how many churches are being burned by Hindu Extremists in the past few years? Would you like to google it?

    http://demo.newvoicemedia.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=54&Itemid=53

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7vXubd0ewM

    a moderate figure is given around 500! churches have been burned in the past 5 years. I won’t go into the detail of how many chirstians have been killed. But lets ponder on these hindus as to why are they doing it? From which madrassah did they get such education? Lets close all those filthy places should we? No I am not ignorant like you.

    Common sense is definitely NOT very common among our indian brothers. Just because one Muslim does something wrong you guys put it in the whole community. Just because a Mullah did something wrong in a madrassa doesn’t mean the whole 100,000 Madrassahs are wrong. Stop saying stuff about Mullahs & Madrassahs. Point at one who is doing wrong and don’t use generalized terms.

    thanksRecommend

  • Jun 28, 2011 - 4:49PM

    @muhammad kamran:
    Child abuse and child pornography is a issue in western world too. The only way to tackle it is making stronger law and harsh punishments.Recommend

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