Shackled for three days, 3 kids flee from madarsa

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Aligarh
  • Updated: Nov 06, 2014 23:54 IST

In a shocking incident, three boys allegedly escaped from a madarsa after they were assaulted by a teacher and kept chained for three days as punishment for a misdemeanor. The police have handed over the children to their parents, who have refused to file an FIR, saying that the children must “bear some tough treatment to get educated.”

According to reports, Sameer and Umar, both aged 12, and 10-year-old Abu Qamar-- all students of Faizul Quran madarsa in Rite village— were found hiding in a sugarcane field in neighbouring Nandpur village on Thursday morning. The farmer Manveer, who found the boys, said two of the boys were bound to each other by padlocked steel chains. The children told him that they had managed to escape from the madarsa on Wednesday night after they were kept shackled for three days by madarsa teacher Qari Huzaifa who had also assaulted them.

Manveer informed the police, following which Lodha station officer Amit Yadav reached the site and took the children to the police station. He called in madarsa manager Shan Mohammad, who told police that he had received information about the escape of three children but did not know anything about the chaining or assault. “If allegations against the teacher are proved, then we will take appropriate action against him,” he said.

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Later, the police handed over the children to their family members, who refused to file a complaint against the madarsa or the teacher. “The children’s parents told us that they themselves gave the chain to the madarsa so that the children could be punished if they did not take education seriously,” said the SO.

Talking to HT, Zafar Khan, father of Umar and Abu Qamar, said, "I have no complaints against the madarsa or the teacher and I shall not take any action against anybody. Everybody has to bear some tough treatment to get children educated. Children must be taught a lesson if they do anything wrong."

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