Religious educators: Chained up for ‘threatening to leave madrassa’

Published: December 3, 2012

Sajjad says he had been able to escape after some of his friends broke the chain in one place using bricks and some sharp objects.

TAUNSA: 

A teenager, who was wandering the streets with chains around his hands and feet, on Saturday told reporters that he had escaped from his madrassa after his teacher punished him up for threatening to leave the madrassa.

Several witnesses told reporters that he had been asking people if they had pliers so he could cut off the chains. They had then taken him to the Taunsa Press Club where he told reporters his story.

He introduced himself as Sajjad, 13, a student of the Jamia Ghausia Madrassa in Kot Sultan. He claimed that he had asked Qari Akbar for a few days’ leave so he could go home.

“The qari said I couldn’t go home. I told him that if he didn’t I would not study at his madrassa anymore.” Sajjad said. He said Akbar had then tied him up in chains.

The teenager claimed that Akbar had also tortured him. “He beat me up,” Sajjad told reporters, “and then he chained me in an open corridor. I was left there in the cold for four days and nights.” He said his class fellows had seem him suffer and then taken pity on him.

Sajjad said he had been able to escape after some of his friends broke the chain in one place using bricks and some sharp objects. He said Akbar used to go home in the evenings and that is when his friends had helped him escape.

The young boy was then taken to the City police station, where the police recorded his statement and then contacted his family. His father Ghulam Hussain and uncle Ghulam Shabbir told police that they did not wish to persecute the madrassa teacher. Hussain and Shabbir told reporters that their family did not want to get involved in a court case or a police investigation. “We are poor people. The madrassa owners are influential. We do not want to initiate any action against them,” they said. Sajjad’s cousin Abdur Rehman said the family would not send him to any madrassa ever.

The police then allowed Sajjad to leave with his family.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 3rd, 2012.

Reader Comments (5)

  • Fugitive
    Dec 3, 2012 - 2:45AM

    Is this not the responsibility of the authorities to sort the culprits out in such cases? Why would the police need permission from the victims? A criminal offence has been committed and the wrong doers should be brought to justice regardless.

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  • Dec 3, 2012 - 12:51PM

    police did not take the risk of taking action against the Madarasa teacher, on the basis of the victim’s statement. This is a matter of mindset where such harsh punishment too is acceptable.

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  • Mehar Gul
    Dec 3, 2012 - 5:07PM

    If there are alternate arrangements of free modern education for the poor people in the backward regions of the country then most of them will like to send their kids to those institutions instead of madarasa—– The problem with the progressive and anti Mullah ism minded people is that their efforts and opposition are only confined to the criticism of the Mullahs and Madarsa but they hardly do some practical efforts for alternate arrangement of education or useful training to the poor kids—— If hundred of thousand of madarsa can be set up for the imparting of education with out govt support and funding WHY these zealous progressive elements of the country can not establish educational institutions for the poor kids , with the help and support of the enlightened segments of the civil society

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  • Verk
    Dec 4, 2012 - 12:34PM

    Wow, the stunningly humane power of Islam is a model for the whole world. Truly the religion of peace and compassion!

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  • Gerald Schervenski
    Dec 5, 2012 - 5:23PM

    Funny…The locals took him to the press club and not the police…hummm

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