About 36 students were rescued from a madrasa in Pune on Friday, after reports of alleged sexual abuse cropped up. The kids, most of whom hailed from Bihar, were between 5 to 15 years of age.
The rescue mission was launched after two 10-year-old children from the madrasa were spotted alone by the Railway Police Force (RPF) at the Pune railway station. They alerted NGO ‘Saathi’ that works towards rescuing children and also rehabilitating them. The cops and the child right activists raided the madrasa and rescued other children, India Today reported.
The kids disclosed that the Maulana would ask them to undress and touch their private parts. The Maulana has been arrested on charges of alleged sexual assault. Child rights activist Dr Yamini Adbe lodged a police complaint, following which the charges were slapped on the accused.
“Maulana of a Madrasa has been arrested for sexually assaulting his students in Katraj, Pune. Total 36 students have been rescued. We have registered a case against him. Further investigation underway,” NDTV quoted police inspector Milind Gaikwad.
India Today reported that the kids were taken to ‘Balkalyan Samiti’ where they are being counselled.