Kerala imam accused of sexually abusing teenager held in Madurai; Muslim cleric was on run for last month

A Muslim cleric, absconding after an alleged sexual assault on a 15-year-old girl near Thiruvananthapuram, was arrested in Madurai in Tamil Nadu Thursday

Press Trust of India March 07, 2019 21:31:50 IST
Kerala imam accused of sexually abusing teenager held in Madurai; Muslim cleric was on run for last month
  • Shafeeq Al Qasimi, a Muslim cleric, had allegedly lured a teenage girl to an isolated forest area at Vithura, near Thiruvanathapuram, and sexually assaulted her

  • He had been on the run for the last one month and shifted his place of stay with the help of a relative

  • He was nabbed from a lodge in in Madurai in Tamil Nadu Thursday along with the relative, the police said

  • A case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act had been registered against him based on the mosque committee's statement

  • Qasimi was removed as imam of a mosque in Thiruvanathapuram after the assault came to light

Thiruvananthapuram: A Muslim cleric, absconding after an alleged sexual assault on a 15-year-old girl near Thiruvananthapuram, was arrested in Madurai in Tamil Nadu Thursday, police said.

Kerala imam accused of sexually abusing teenager held in Madurai Muslim cleric was on run for last month

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Shafeeq Al Qasimi, who was removed as imam of a nearby mosque after the assault came to light, was nabbed from a lodge in the temple city, Deputy Superintendent of Police Ashok Kumar told PTI here.

Qasimi had been on the run for the last one month and shifted his place of stay with the help of a relative, who was also arrested and their car seized, a deputy superintendent of police Ashok Kumar told PTI.

A case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act had been registered against him based on the mosque committee's statement.

Qasimi had allegedly lured the girl to an isolated forest area at Vithura, near here, and sexually assaulted her.

The abuse came to light after a group of local women confronted the cleric on seeing him with the school-going girl in the forest.

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