The police today said in a report that a member of the clergy in a Nanded madrassa has supposedly raped a 12-year-old girl and molested another minor. A Nanded police official further said that astonishingly, three well-known local politicians from Majalgaon village from where the girl who was ostensibly raped hailed, tried to pressure the mother of the girl not to file a case against the cleric who was identified as Maulavi Saber Farooqui and who is respected in that village. The police further said that based on the complaint of the girl’s mother a FIR was filed at the Itwara police station in Nanded and the three leaders were arrested from Majalgaon yesterday. These leaders are identified as Khalil Patel, Nawab Patel and Ibrish Bagwan.
One of the leaders, Nawab Patel, is apparently a former Nanded city unit president of the NCP, other leader, Bagwan is Majalgaon taluka president of the AIMIM and the third leader, Khalil Patel is a former councilor. According to the police report, the suspected incident occurred at Islamia Arabia seminary in the Deglur Naka area of Nanded a few days ago. Police also said that several girl students from the Marathwada region study Islamic studies at the madrassa.
The police official further said that Farooqui raped the 12-year-old girl child after showing her porn video on his mobile phone and mistreated another girl aged 8 years. A Special Investigative Team or SIT has been set up to probe the event. Sunita Borgaonkar, the SIT head said that more complaints can be filed against the accused rapist. She said that police have detained documents from the madrassa and teams have spread out to find the cleric. Police have recorded a case against the cleric on charges of rape and molestation under IPC and POCSO Act.