Madrassah student dies due to torture by Qari

Published: April 23, 2012

The 12 year old victim complained of severe abdominal pain.

LAHORE: A madrassah student in Lahore has been tortured to death by a qari (Quran teacher) on Sunday. The Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has taken notice of the incident and sought a report from the Capital City Police Officer (CCPO).

According to the FIR filed by the victim’s father Mohammad Shafiq at the Shadbagh police station, his 12 year old son Mohammad Jamil was studying the Quran at Madrassah Aziziya from Nazim-e-Ahla (Mohtmam) Qari Muhammad Jameel and an unknown teacher for at least four months.

Both the qari and teacher escaped before the police raided the madrassah. The madrassah has been sealed while a search operation is under way for the escapees.

The FIR further stated that, a few days ago, Jamil complained to his mother about severe abdominal pain, caused by the qari’s alleged torture, after which he was taken to four different private and government hospitals for treatment but eventually succumbed to the injuries, breathing his last late Sunday night.

The Shadbagh police station has registered a case against Qari Jameel and the unknown teacher, who reportedly belongs to Azad & Jammu Kashmir, under Section 302 vide FIR no 370/2012 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

Talking to The Express Tribune, The Shadbagh Station House Officer (SHO) said that the victim’s body has been taken into custody and shifted to a postmortem house for autopsy.

The victim’s father told The Express Tribune, reiterating, that his child died due to the severe torture of the qari as well negligence by doctors.

He has demanded for immediate arrest of the accused.

Reader Comments (11)

  • Sunny
    Apr 23, 2012 - 12:59PM

    The Reality of Madarssas…..

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  • Apr 23, 2012 - 2:27PM

    Why cant we shut them all . How many Innocent children are going to Die .
    Parents should stop sending their children there.

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  • The Truth
    Apr 23, 2012 - 2:43PM

    @Sunny… You can take the act of someone to blame the whole Madarssas… why not blame the individual instead of organization..

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  • jamal
    Apr 23, 2012 - 4:07PM

    The gift of Saudi Arabia…

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  • Sunny
    Apr 23, 2012 - 5:01PM

    @ The Truth,

    i don’t blame the islamic knowledge, i agree islamic knowledge should be given to Muslim Students,but y madarssas if it can be given by our normal education system. as we all know extremist forces operate mainly from madarssas, you must have seen arms being recovered from Madarssas.. and besides this all students should have a wide spectrum of knowledge not only islamic.. they should be given oppertunity to come in touch with other religeous minorities and liberals in school system so that they could develop sense of tolerance which is lacking in our public.

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  • Syed
    Apr 23, 2012 - 6:08PM

    unfortunately our madrasas are root cause of most of the problems in the country. Pakistan would be such a great country if these madrasas taught the real teaching of our beloved Prophet Mohammad (pbuh)

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  • Apr 23, 2012 - 7:22PM

    another excuse to bash Islam

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  • Faraz
    Apr 23, 2012 - 8:57PM

    Mullahs at work again. Either they teach extremism in the name of Islam, or kill people like this. What have they done to our beautiful religion.

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  • Faraz
    Apr 23, 2012 - 9:00PM

    @Pakistan politics:
    nobody is bashing Islam or should but only the MULLAHS who have done nothing but spread intolerance/hate and misogyny in the society. Extremism and sidelining women ….that’s all they have done.

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  • Akairey
    Apr 24, 2012 - 12:24AM

    @Faraz:
    what is beautiful about your religion. Be specific please?

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  • Anwar from Massachusetts
    Apr 24, 2012 - 12:29AM

    The show may just be starting. Wait till the religious right come to the Qari’s rescue. They are going to blame the media for maligning Islam. Torturing young children at these madrassas is not uncommon. They do it in the name of religion. Its’ about time that the lawmakers take notice of this case. Passing a bill in the parliament against corporal punishment is long overdue.

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