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Lucknow Girls Madrasa - A battle of control, not case of sexual assault

Sunday December 31, 2017 3:25 PM, News Network

Lucknow Madrasa

Even as a section in the media is going wild, circulating unsubstantiated and contradictory claims, new details which emerged today morning showed that the Lucknow girls’ madrasa row is actually a battle of control between two rival groups which has been turned into a case of sexual assault.

A resident of the area where the madrasa is located while talking to on phone said the battle to control the madrasa management was on since last few months. Taking advantage of the current atmosphere in Uttar Pradesh, the rival group staged a drama against Taiyab Ziya, the manager of the madrasa, in order to snatch from him the control of the madrasa.

“A thorough investigation and medical examination of the girl students are needed to expose the truth behind the entire incident”, the local resident said on the condition of anonymity.

Contradictions in the media reports also confirm what the local resident said talking to Initially, it was claimed that the police raided the madrasa in Yasinganj area under Saadatganj police station after they received “letters” from the girl students saying they have been held hostage and are being sexually harassed.

A report in a Hindi daily of Jagran group today morning however said that the police was actually called by Taiyab Ziya, the manager and the accused on Thursday. The report said Syed Ashraf Jeelani, who claimed to have donated the land for the Madrasa, was in the campus to “probe the allegations of harassment against Taiyab Ziya”.

But, Taiyab Ziya called the police and in a written complaint accused that Jeelani was threatening to kidnap him, the report said.

The report also quoted Syed Ashraf Jeelani that the land on which the madrasa was running was donated by him and it was he who had appointed Taiyab Ziya as manager. But, Taiyab Ziya later sidelined Jeelani and took total control of the madrasa in his hand.

The report also said that the police was able to broker peace between the two rivals. It was when the police was leaving the madrasa premises with Syed Ashraf Jeelani that a piece of paper was thrown at them in which the girls while alleging that they were being sexually harassed by the manager sought their help.

Following this, the report said, Syed Jeelani met the ASP and registered a complaint against Taiyab Ziya. Taking action on Jeelani's complaint the police went to Madrasa once again and rescued as many as 51 girls from the madrasa.

Meanwhile, Zia was produced in a court which sent him to judicial custody for 14 days. A further investigation in the case is also underwaty, and the case has also been reported to the Child Welfare Committee.


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