In a shocking incident, a 12-year-old boy was reportedly subjected to rape by Qari Tafil, an individual associated with a local madrasa in Bahaudin Mandi, Pakistan. The victim’s grandfather, Muhammad Azam, discovered the heinous act when he arrived at the mosque and witnessed the abuse. The incident has sparked outrage and led to the arrest of the accused.
According to reports, on 4 July, Muhammad Azam went to pick up his grandson, Bilal, who used to study Quran at memorization classes in the madrasa. Upon entering the mosque premises, Azam was horrified to witness Qari Tafil engaged in sexual abuse with his grandson. Reacting swiftly, Azam sent Bilal from the mosque and immediately filed a complaint with the local Phalia Police Station.
Unfortunately, Bilal revealed that, Qaiser Farooq, that this was not the first time he had been sexually abused by Tafil. The young boy claimed that he had been subjected to such acts on five previous occasions. These shocking revelations have raised serious concerns about the safety and well-being of children attending the madrasa.
Rapes By Qari In Madrasa Has Become A Common Occurrence In Pakistan
Qari Tafil, who had been serving as an imam and qari was responsible for leading prayers and teaching the Quran. He has been promptly removed from his position by the mosque administration following the filing of the police report.
Ghulam Rasool, the senior administrator of the mosque, expressed deep disappointment, stating that they were completely unaware of Tafil’s previous actions in other mosques. Rasool highlighted the urgent need for better communication and coordination among different mosques to prevent such incidents in the future.
The courageous step taken by Bilal and his family in reporting the abuse has led to the initiation of legal proceedings. An FIR has been registered against Qari Tafil. Subsequently, Tafil was arrested and is currently in the custody of the Phalia Police for further investigation.
In light of this distressing incident, Bilal has received medical assistance to address any physical and psychological trauma. The police have conducted a medical check-up, and the reports have been sent to France for further examination, ensuring a comprehensive investigation.
The case has brought attention to the overall safety and security of students attending madrasas. And this is not the first case in Pakistan, there are many more instances, when Qaris been found exploiting the children sexually. In Pakistan, these activities are more prevalent because madrasas enjoy a peculiar immunity across the country. This immunity empowers these pedophiles to pursue their malicious intentions without any fear. And hence, these cases are becoming a normal occurrence in Pakistan.