Karachi seminary: Cases registered against five people

Published: December 13, 2011

Students sit in a police vehicle after being rescued following a police raid on Madrassa Zakarya in Karachi late on December 12, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: Police on Tuesday registered cases against five persons who were allegedly involved in chaining up and confining students in the basement of a seminary located in the Afghan Camp area of Sohrab Goth.

Police have sealed Madrassa al Arabia al Uloom and Jamia Masjid Zakariya Farid Goth, and arrested Qari Usman.

Cases were registered under Section 42, Section 44, Section 6B and Section 37 for threatening, torturing and molestation.

Police official Mukhtiar Khaskheli told AFP that a full scale investigation had been started which would also conduct an inquiry about any possible links with militants.

“The madrassa officials claim that they had chained those students because they were drug addicts and they wanted to rehabilitate them and make them better Muslims,” the police official said.

Maulana Dawood, Maulana Abdullah, Qari Fakhruddin and Qari Qudratullah have been declared as escapees in the case.

Earlier on Monday night, police recovered at least 50 students from the seminary.

Police officials said the seminary was also functioning as a rehabilitation centre and the administration was receiving considerable sums of money from the parents of those who were kept on premises for this purpose.

Guardians of the students have declined to become witnesses in the case proceedings. Speaking to Express News, they confirmed that they had enrolled their children in the seminary.

Sindh Governor orders probe into incident

Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad has taken strict notice of the torture and abuse of children who were found chained at a seminary in Afghan Basti of Sohrab Goth area and ordered an immediate inquiry into the matter.

In an official statement issued, the governor has ordered the Inspector General (IG) of Police Sindh to take prompt action against elements involved in the incident.

He said that such heinous acts of human rights violations and torture in a civilized society would not be tolerated at any cost.

Ebad said seminaries were academic institutions and taking care of its sanctity should be our first priority. He also appealed to religious scholars to cooperate and play their role in this regard.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Mard-e-Haq
    Dec 13, 2011 - 3:15PM

    There should be no mercy on perverts anywhere. The instances of child abuse at madrassas are shocking.

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  • bhai
    Dec 13, 2011 - 4:17PM

    this is utter madness!

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  • Parvez
    Dec 13, 2011 - 4:23PM

    By regestering cases against them this is being treated simply as a crime and it is far more than just that.

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  • Dec 13, 2011 - 4:59PM

    Well…don’t judge a book by its cover…after talking to the family of some of them…it came under the notice that most of them were drug addicts…and involved in crimes…they have taken the cover/support of media by saying that they were being trained for jihaad and all…but i don’t think so…though that’s my point of view..

    “Police officials said the seminary was also functioning as a rehabilitation centre and the administration was receiving considerable sums of money from the parents of those who were kept on premises for this purpose.”

    I am not at all in favour of what actually happened here…I repeat I am not at all in favour of what actually happened here..but all i want to say is that…had they been left open on our streets…the crimes might increase a bit…and just a bit is a bit enough…

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  • Chanakya
    Dec 13, 2011 - 6:21PM

    “Cases were registered under Section 42, Section 44, Section 6B and Section 37 for threatening, torturing and molestation.”

    Now pushed under the carpet. Files will gather dust. No one(even the media) will care to remeber the incident after a few weeks.Afterall the absconders are religious heads.Eyes, ears and mouth are to be shut against them.Recommend

  • Dec 13, 2011 - 9:58PM

    Criminals held by Criminals and then released by Criminals.

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  • akhtar
    Dec 14, 2011 - 2:13AM

    sighns of a sick society shopkeepers kept selling locks and chains,parents and relatives admitting that it was in their knowledge,Mullas blaming government,police aware,what else on the name of religious education

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