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Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Madrassa students found with feet chained in Aligarh, UP

Madrassa students in shackles wearing thick iron chains and locks have been found in Aligarh, UP. The shocking incident happened at Taleemul Quran Madrassa near Sasni Gate. An Islamic cleric named Fahimuddin who runs the place has been arrested. 

Hearing cries of the children, neighbors checked to see what was happening. They saw a young boy chained to his feet and protested, but were assaulted and driven away by Fahimuddin and others. They informed the police who raided the place. It is learnt that beatings and such barbaric punishment was a regular fixture in the madrassa. 

As per Times Now, one boy rescued by police was from Bareilly, UP. The maulvi said that he did it to prevent the children from ‘running away’. 

Aligarh Police confirmed the news on Twitter and added that the accused is now under their custody. Circle Officer Raghavendra Singh said that 40 children from other districts ‘live’ in the Islamic boarding school and an additional 20 are day students. 

Videos showed 3 children chained to their feet drinking water but in their winter wear. Police media cell confirmed that it was from the same area. In others, 3 are seen walking upstairs, in chains and chained to each other! When did this gross human rights violation begin remains unclear.

During interrogation, Fahimuddin said that the video of the 3 children was old and taken before the lockdown period. He claimed that parents know that their children are kept in chains. The police are investigating and the parents/relatives of the children have been summoned for questioning.

Such barbarism in madrassas is unfortunately the norm, not exception. Multiple reports from within Bharat and outside testify to this.

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