An elderly woman recently gave a complaint against a Muslim kabadi wala (scrap dealer) for luring her divorced daughter into a relationship for converting her and her three daughters to Islam. The man allegedly had started sending the girls to a madrassa.
A case against the accused, Mohammad Hashim, has been filed under the Uttarakhand freedom of religion Act, 2018. He has been arrested by the police and further investigations are underway.
Sub Inspector Yogesh Dutt of Kotwali Nehru Colony told the media that as per the woman’s complaint, her daughter married a Hindu man, Sonu Verma, nine years ago. They lived in Kabadi market of Brahmanwala area. With this marriage, her daughter has three children; all daughters are aged eight, six and three years respectively.
The marriage was not successful and they used to have regular fights. As a result, her daughter left her husband’s house a year ago and started living with her.
As per the police station in-charge Lokendra Bahuguna, the woman started then living with Hashim, who also employed her. She was accompanied by her daughters. To send the minors away from their mother and sexually exploit her, Hashim admitted the girls to a madrassa located in Chandpur.
Due to the alertness of the grandmother, the truth came out.
Rashtra Jyoti called up the Nehru Colony police station on 10 January. Station in-charge Bahuguna said that they they had filed a case (number 12/2023) and arrested the accused. He has been booked under sections 3/5 of the Uttrakhand Freedom of Religion Act.
He added that further aspects of the case are been investigated.
As per a report by Amar Ujala, the grandmother of the minor victims told the media that her daughter came in contact with Hashim at his scrap shop.
Whenever her son-in-law visited his former wife and children, Hashim threatened him with assault and, on one occasion, did beat him up. A year ago, Hashim took her daughter and granddaughters with him saying he would take care of them.
Recently, she visited Hashim’s house. When she asked him to take her to meet her granddaughters, he started making excuses. She suspected something fishy and pressured him to speak up.
Hashim told her that he had sent her granddaughters to a madrassa in Chandpur, Bijnor. The woman immediately reached Chandpur and brought the girls back home.
On their return, the minors shared their plight with their grandmom saying they had undergone a conversion ceremony as well.
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