Islamic school teachers sentenced to jail for repeatedly beating up 10-year-old boy

Published: September 11, 2015
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Mohammad Waqar, left, and Mohammad Siddiqui at Birmingham Crown Court. PHOTO: HENRY NICHOLLS / NEWSTEAM / SWNS

Mohammad Waqar, left, and Mohammad Siddiqui at Birmingham Crown Court. PHOTO: HENRY NICHOLLS / NEWSTEAM / SWNS

Two teachers of an Islamic school in England have been sentenced to a year in prison for brutally beating a 10-year-old boy with a plastic stick, causing him to lose his hair due to stress.

The Birmingham Crown Court sentenced Mohammad Siddiqui, 60, and his son, Mohammad Waqar, 24, after they confessed to beating the child for “talking in the classroom” or making mistakes while reciting the Quran.

The assaults took place on four different occasions at Sparkbrook Islamic centre, attached to the Jamia Mosque, in Birmingham.

Photographs of the boy’s injuries were presented in court as evidence of ‘extensive’ bruising on the backs of his legs.

Read: Child abuse: Uncle behind bars for beating niece

Judge Mark Wall QC told the accused “Acts of brutality of this sort which you each indulged in, with a stick, will not be tolerated.”

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Sam Forsyth, the prosecutor said “Waqar would call him names like ‘paedo’,” in class, while adding that the victim became so upset by what was happening, he started to “lose hair”.

Meanwhile, terming the behaviour of the teachers ‘unacceptable’, Judge Wall stated that the accused “assaulted the boy twice, once each by slapping him with their hands, and once each by hitting him with what has been described as a plastic stick.”

Read: Corporal punishment: First grader brutally beaten by teacher

Further, while the judge lauded the courage of the 10-year-old for speaking up, Charanjit Jutla, lawyer representing the father and son claimed both were of good character and regretted their conduct.

“Past students and other professionals speak exceptionally highly of both defendants,” Jutla said.

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Others in support of the father, son duo were also present during the hearing and claimed that Waqar had been teaching for a year but Siddiqui had an experience of 30 years and is also the mosque’s imam.

“We’re all in shock. I pray behind him at mosque. I have never heard a bad word said about Mr Siddique, he’s always been a polite gentleman.” Nowroz Uddin, who has known Siddiqui for 25 years, said.

However, disagreeing with the claims, Judge Wall while addressing the father and son said that by such an act, they not only broke the trust of parents but also of the school authorities.

“That you each assaulted him twice, in similar ways, leads me to conclude that between you, you must have decided this was an appropriate way to act towards recalcitrant children,” he stated.

The prosecutor reading a victim impact statement said the event has left an impact on the child, causing him to lose hair owing to the stress.

“When he was bruised he would try and hide them with clothing even in very hot weather and make excuses not to go to the centre, such as having a tummy ache. He would get very upset about small things,” she added.

The court presented the accused a restraining order, banning both from trying to make contact with the victim. “I have no doubt the relevant authorities would bar the men from further teaching,” the court added.

This article originally appeared on The Telegraph

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Reader Comments (14)

  • elizabeth burrows
    Sep 11, 2015 - 12:17PM

    I am surprised people are shocked by the beating of that boy. Wonder if any girls in that school. Bet not. Pity school inspectors do not take more action. Then mustn’t interfer or upset them.Recommend

  • Azra
    Sep 11, 2015 - 12:40PM

    Disgusting….
    Islam is teaching us humble behavior politeness and kindness..what kind of Islamic teachers they are??these culprits deserves more strict punishment from court.
    So upset ..Recommend

  • Parvez
    Sep 11, 2015 - 12:56PM

    Teaching is certainly not everybody’s business……..Recommend

  • Saleem
    Sep 11, 2015 - 1:11PM

    Stone age mentality.Recommend

  • Zaida Parvez
    Sep 11, 2015 - 1:21PM

    Barbarians of the Modern World.Recommend

  • James
    Sep 11, 2015 - 1:39PM

    They had too lenient a sentence – I would have given them much longer. How can they preach religion and then do these unkind things? Sour-hearted bullies.Recommend

  • raw is war
    Sep 11, 2015 - 1:49PM

    no compulsion in religion?Recommend

  • Luke Coelho
    Sep 11, 2015 - 2:00PM

    Islam, is a religion of Peace and mutual respect.
    These kind of muslims deturp the image of their own religion. That’s totally wrong, Shamefull. Whats the point, of making 5 daily prayers, when your heart is full of hate. This’s not islam. If you can’t teach the religion of GOD, start a new type of occupation, go fishing.Recommend

  • SNKN
    Sep 11, 2015 - 3:43PM

    From the photo, one can see the senior teacher coming from the backwaters of Mirpur… Possibly grew up in a small village and attended a village school… He must have landed up in England in the ’60s or 70s and continued to live in Birmingham within Asian community with no exposure to the outside world around him….

    Beating a pupil in village schools in the Subcontinent was not uncommon in the past. This man needs to step in to modern times!! Recommend

  • A Z I
    Sep 12, 2015 - 4:15PM

    @SNKN:
    I carefully read all the comments above and found yours MOST ABSURD and irrelevant. This also tells your mental level and prejudice thinking. Recommend

  • Ahmed khan
    Sep 12, 2015 - 4:42PM

    SNKN.. What kind of stereotypical attitude do you possess! Yes what these 2 allegedly did was wrong but what kind of criticism do you call that. I’m from a village and my Madrassa does not beat kids. I hate people like you who claim to be so-called enlightened thinkers who are just worshipers of my all that is West. Recommend

  • stevenson
    Sep 12, 2015 - 7:07PM

    @SNKN: How can you possibly surmise that the teacher is from Mirpur in Azad Kashmir? Yes there are may Pakistanis and Muslims in the UK who live in ghettos on social assistance and are not integrated but you seem to just hate Kashmiris. If anything, the old guy doesn’t look like a typical Kashmiri to me but just another generic South Asian Muslim who may or may not be on welfare without a job – they are common in the UK.Recommend

  • Ahmad Khan
    Sep 13, 2015 - 4:01AM

    Why such a linient sentence, it does not match the brutality of this child’s suffering!!!
    My heart goes to this little angel shivering inside him with this kind of punishment they got for their Illiteracy, Ignorrant, Arrogant , cowardly act !!
    Please bar them from teaching radicalism, if possible they should be deported to where they came from for child abuse, barbarism, violence and bigotry against the teachings of this peaceful religion !!!!Recommend

  • Ahmad Khan
    Sep 13, 2015 - 4:02AM

    Why such a linient sentence, it does not match the brutality of this child’s suffering!!!
    My heart goes to this little angel shivering inside him with this kind of punishment they got for their Illiteracy, Ignorrant, Arrogant , cowardly act !!
    Please bar them from teaching radicalism, if possible they should be deported to where they came from for child abuse, barbarism, violence and bigotry against the teachings of this peaceful religion !!!!Recommend

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