Muslim Cleric Attacks 9-Year-old and 13-Year-old Girls, Then Molests One of Them With a ‘..Foreign Object..’
Hired to teach scripture to children, he abused businessman’s 13-yr-old daughter
The South East division police have launched a manhunt for a self-proclaimed Muslim cleric in his late 30s who allegedly sexually abused the 13-year-old daughter of a businessman on December 6 while he was supposed to be teaching the victim verses from holy scriptures.
Highly-placed sources said the suspect had been hired by a businessman to teach his two daughters – aged 13 and 9 – and his 7-year-old niece verses from the Quran. The incident is said to have unfolded on the afternoon of December 6, two Saturdays ago, in the victim’s house located off Bannerghatta road.
The victims’ mother had reportedly left to visit a relative in hospital around 3 pm, when the man came home. He was alone with the children. The businessman’s niece was sleeping in another room.
In the midst of teaching them, he allegedly asked the teen girl where her mother was. “The girl got a little scared by his approach, and lied that their mother was asleep in the next room. However, he got livid with rage and questioned the girl for lying to her teacher, claiming their mother had informed him before leaving home,” said the police.
He then handed a ten-rupee note to the younger child and demanded that she go buy a chocolate from a nearby store. The teenager by now was petrified and begged her sister not to leave her.
The man then allegedly lost his temper and beat both children for daring to defy him. The younger child was forced to leave the house and go get chocolates, and the accused then turned his attention towards the teen.
“The teacher tried grabbing the girl, but she screamed for help. Enraged, he rushed into the kitchen and found a sharp iron spatula, which he used to injure the victim’s private parts. He then grabbed her chest and tried to drag her into his lap and kiss her, when her younger sister came back home. The suspect was thrown off and pushed the girl away. He then made the little girl eat the chocolate and kissed the teenager, threatening to kill her family if she told anyone. Then he left,” the officer added.
So traumatised was the victim by the incident that on subsequent days, her behaviour changed, her face became pale, and she became listless and weary. Her mother’s persistence for five days in finding out what was wrong with her daughter finally bore fruit when on December 11, the girl revealed the trauma she had undergone.
Immediately, the victim’s family contacted the South East division police and filed a complaint against the cleric under sections 4 and 8 of the POCSO Act, along with sections 354 and 506 of the IPC.
A senior police official who is privy to the details of the case said, “We have strong leads and will apprehend the man soon. Medical tests have confirmed that the girl was assaulted with a foreign object. A detailed probe is underway.”