From the editor
Madrasa. A Place for Islamic teachings. Different subjects are taught here. But, the main objective here is to prioritise Islamic teachings. There is an extra effort to produce the next generation of experts on the Arabic language. Basically, children from poor Muslim families, sons mostly and male orphans study in the Bangladeshi Madrasas.
Most of the Madrasas have residential facilities. These facilities are designed in a way so that the students and the teachers can stay close together or within a given institution itself.
Usually, students and teachers opt for the living arrangements provided by these Madrasas. And many people misuse this chance of staying close. They produce the ugliest and scariest incidents. I will try and describe some incidents like that.
In 10th of August, 2015, According to BBC Bangla News Website, we got to know that a Madrasa teacher raped a male student. The news link is –
Another news link – https://somoyekhon.com/news/3712 says that a teacher named Ariful Islam tried to rape an innocent boy aged 9 in Tanzibul Quran Nurani Hafezia Madrasha in Hatkanparra, Durgapur. It is also known from this news that the same teacher raped another student 15/16 days before this incident.
Another news link says that a teacher raped three students. The news link is – HERE
According to the information on this link, the teacher was fined and subsequently fired from his position by a local justice group for raping the three students. The incidents took place in Hushorekhali Kamia Madrasha in Pantaparra, Maheshpur of Jhinaidah district.
Moving on, there is – https://www.priyo.com/articles/narayanganj-a-seminary-student-balatkarera-201727 – which says that a student in Kaitakhali Madinatul Ulum Madrasha in Bandar, Narayanganj district, was raped by his own teacher. Police has arrested that teacher (30) over allegations of raping the year three student (8).
According to local news source, Rafukul Islam, the teacher of Kaitakhali Madinatul Ulum Madrasha raped the student after he found him alone and isolated. The people of the area were made aware of the incident by some of the other students in the institution, who happened to be in the vicinity of the horrific event. The local community came to the Madrasa to launch a public protest later on. The people handed over, Rafikul Islam, the accused, over to the police.