Madrassa peon held for raping minor girl in hostel

VARANASI: A 12-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a peon of a madrassa in its hostel in Ghosi area of . Police arrested the main accused on Monday after an FIR was lodged against five persons, including the principal on Sunday evening. The other accused are on the run.

On August 4 night, the student – a resident of – was summoned to the hostel kitchen by a maidservant. When she entered the kitchen, the maid allegedly closed the doors from outside, after which the peon allegedly raped the girl. Qasim, who is the brother of the madrassa‘s manager, also threatened her against revealing the crime.

The student narrated the ordeal to her mother, who filed a police complaint on Sunday evening. Cops booked five people – including Qasim, manager Mohammad Nasir, principal Ashiya and maid Badrunnisha – under sections 376 (rape), 342 (wrongful confinement), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC and Protection Of Children against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

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