Maulana Muhammad Iliyas (48) has been arrested for raping a minor girl (12) inside a mosque in Harsh Vihar, northeast Delhi when she had gone to fetch water around 10 PM on Sunday night. An FIR has been registered against the accused, and a Delhi court has sent him to 14-day judicial custody.
“We registered an FIR after receiving a complaint and arrested the accused. Further investigation is in progress and we aim to file a chargesheet soon for speedy justice,” a senior police official said.
He said the girl has said in her complaint that the incident took place when she went inside the mosque to fetch water around 10 pm on Sunday. “She alleges she was stopped by the accused, who raped her. She informed her parents once she returned home, and they approached local police,” he said.
Police said the girl has undergone a medical examination.
Police said personnel had to be deployed outside the mosque as agitated locals gathered outside following the alleged incident on Sunday. “Using technical surveillance, police arrested the accused from Ghaziabad,” said an officer.
During investigation, the local residents couldn’t give the complete address of the Muslim cleric nor was his photograph available. Later, cops found his mobile number and mounted technical surveillance. Footage of CCTV cameras in the area was analysed to obtain a photo of the accused and raids were conducted based on his cellphone location.
Iliyas, who hails from Bharatpur in Rajasthan, was arrested Monday morning from Loni in Ghaziabad while packing his belongings to flee the place. He is married and has 4 children.
In Feb 2018, a 70-year-old maulvi had raped a 9-year-old girl student inside a madrasa in Delhi’s Narela.
Then in April 2018, a minor Hindu girl (10) was drugged and raped inside a Ghaziabad madrasa by a juvenile (17) and maulvi Ghulam Shahid (34). After that horrific case came to light, several Islamists and radical neo-Ambedkarite handles on social media had shockingly trended #JusticeForGeetaBhabhi demanding that the 10-year-old victim (given the alias ‘Geeta’ to protect her identity by activists demanding justice) be made their ‘bhabhi’ (sister-in-law) by marrying her off to their ‘brother’ (the 17-year-old juvenile rapist).
In Oct 2018, a 6-year-old girl was found raped & murdered in a Ghaziabad mosque, with Councillor Haji Aizaz being the prime suspect. In 2015, a 14-year-old was gang-raped by a maulvi and his aide in a mosque in Moradabad, UP.
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