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REUTERS
December 13, 2011
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Over 50 boys found chained in Madrassa

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REUTERS
December 13, 2011

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The Gadap police raided a Madrassa adjacent to a mosque in Afghan Basti and recovered more than 50 boys from its basement, who were tied with chains, and arrested its custodian on Monday night.
According to SP Gadap Muhammad Altaf Sarwar Malik, they had received a tip-off that one Mufti Dawood, the custodian of the Jamia Masjid Zikria, had been keeping a number of students chained in the basement of the Madrassa and also subjecting them to torture and sexual abuse.
Subsequently, a heavy police force raided the Madrassa near the Super Highway in the Sohrab Goth police area. The police nabbed Qari Muhammad Usman, who disclosed that at least 50 boys were tied up with chains in the basement of the Madrassa. The police then opened the entrance to the basement and found the boys – all under 18 years age.
Asif, a brother of one of the captive boys, Majid, told the police that he had handed over his brother to the mosque’s custodian for imparting him religious education. But when he went to the mosque on Monday to see his brother, Mufti Dawood refused to allow him to see his brother.
Another captive youngster told the police that the mosque officials used to torture them and even subject them to sexual abuse. However, Mufti Dawood had already escaped when the police raided his house.
Geo News adds: DIG East Akram Naeem told Geo News that the raid was conducted on the directives of the inspector general of police after the governor and chief minister took notice of reports of the captivity of the students.
He said those recovered belonged to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab. Geo News reported that 56 students were found chained at the time of the raid. They had been in captivity for several months. Some were teenagers.
Students told Geo News that they were beaten and abused during captivity. They also complained of being flogged several times a day if they did not learn their lesson. Some complained of being underfed. One student said they were

being trained as Taliban and Mujahideen.

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