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Goa cops accused of ‘misbehaviour’ at girls’ madarsa

india Updated: Dec 18, 2008 01:14 IST
Goa cops accused of ‘misbehaviour’ at girls’ madarsa

The Goa police have accused the management of a madarsa, Jamia Ahle-Sunnat Ashrafiya, of breeding terrorists. However, those in charge of the institution claim the cops ‘misbehaved’ with girls at the madarsa.

The Goa police had stormed the madarsa located in the port town of Vasco on Tuesday.

The madarsa, incidentally, has on its rolls 88 girls — nearly 60 of them minors — whom the police forcefully bundled into police jeeps. It was alleged that male constables forced 15 students into each vehicle. The girls were later allowed to go after being detained for nearly three hours.

“Can you imagine the stress and the shame the girls went through?” Tahir Karol, in charge of the madarsa, questioned at a press conference in Panaji on Wednesday. He added that the two officers who led the raid even accused the institution of breeding terrorists and hoarding weapons.

“The girls were resting in their quarters when the police stormed and demanded that they immediately come to the police station. When we explained that the girls needed to get dressed, the two officers asked us whether they moved naked in the madarsa. This is shocking,” an enraged Tahir said.

The Association of All Goa Muslim Jamaats (AAGMJ) condemned the incident and accused the Goa police of harassing Muslims under the pretext of fighting terror.

“We demand immediate suspension of Inspector Harish Madkaikar and Deputy Superintendent Deu Benaulikar, who led the raid in the madarsa,” AAGMJ general secretary Salim Kazi told the Hindustan Times.

However, Inspector General of Police Kishen Kumar claimed that the verification was carried out in a peaceful manner. “All the 88 girls were released immediately in the evening after the police recorded their personal details,” he said.