Kochi: In Kerala, two disturbing incidents of sexual exploitation involving young children and Islamic preachers have been revealed. In the first case, three madrasa teachers, one of whom hails from Uttar Pradesh, were arrested by Nedumangad police on charges of sexually assaulting minor students. The accused, identified as 24-year-old L Siddique, 28-year-old S Muhammed Shameer, and 30-year-old Muhammad Rasalal Haq from Uttar Pradesh, exploited youngsters under the guise of running a madrasa, subjecting them to unnatural sexual violations.
The arrests were made following a complaint lodged by the Child Welfare Committee (CWC). The authorities invoked the Juvenile Justice Act, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, and relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code to register a case against the offenders. Operating a madrasa in Nedumangad for the past year, the trio was apprehended by District Superintendent of Police Kiran Narayanan after receiving information from the CWC about their heinous crimes against the victims attending the institution for religious studies.
In a separate incident, Islamic preacher Puthukkadavu Muhammad Shakir, also known as Shakir Baquavi Mampad, was arrested by Vazhikadavu Police in Malappuram on charges of molesting a young child for a year. The victim disclosed the abuse to his teacher on November 21, prompting a swift response from the police. The assault had been ongoing for a year, with the perpetrator threatening the victim to keep the incidents a secret. The investigative team is looking into the possibility of the preacher's involvement in similar crimes in the past. Shakir Baquavi Mampad, known for his significant social media following, has been placed under judicial custody, and the victim will receive counseling at the school.
These incidents underscore the urgent need for vigilance and preventive measures to protect children from sexual exploitation within educational institutions and religious settings. Authorities are taking swift action to ensure justice for the victims and to send a clear message that such crimes will not be tolerated.