Cleric arrested for allegedly raping minor girl in Delhi mosque, trolls fuel communal fire

Right wing’s dedicated online troll army have begun drawing parallels with Kathua rape case, though the accused was arrested the very next day


Delhi Police have arrested a 48-year-old cleric for allegedly raping a minor girl inside a mosque in Northeast Delhi. He was arrested on Monday morning from Loni in Ghaziabad where he lived, stated news reports. He was then produced in a city court and sent to 14-day judicial custody.

The 12-year-old girl told her parents that she was sexually attacked when she went to fetch water at the mosque on Sunday evening. Her parents filed a police complaint the same night, and a case was subsequently registered and the girl was counselled and taken for a medical examination, police told media-persons. According to news reports the girl’s parents, in their police complaint, have alleged that their “daughter had gone to the mosque to fetch water when she was allegedly raped by the cleric”. Police have booked the accused under section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. 

However, the heinous crime has given trolls a way to earn their day’s wages. Thousands have commented on the rape, amplifying that it allegedly took place in a mosque, and that the accused is a Muslim cleric. Ignoring the fact that the accused has been arrested by Delhi Police hours after the complaint was filed, and has already been sent to judicial custody, trolls are hard at work making a communal issue and targeting those who speak up. Actor Swara Bhaskar, has been targeted once again. 

According to the right wing trolls, citizens who had raised their voices after the Kathua rape case was reported are not doing so in this case where the accused is a Muslim, and the scene of the alleged crime is a mosque. The right wing is also offended that the media is not amplifying that the rape reported on June 1 was allegedly commited inside a Mosque. They are comparing it to the kidnap, rape an murder of the child in a Temple at Kathua in 2018.

In the horrific Kathua rape case, it was the likes of Choudhary Lal Singh who took part in the Hindu Ekta Manch march supporting the perpetrators in the Kathua rape and murder case. He and others were a part of the Hindu Ekta Manch campaign to free the accused arrested for the gang-rape of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua. On June 10, 2019, a special Pathankot Court had pronounced its verdict, holding six people guilty that included Sanji Ram, the caretaker of the temple where the crime took place and his friend Parvesh Kumar. Four police personnel: Special Police Officer Deepak Khajuria, Sub inspector Anand Dutta, Head Constable Tilak Raj and Special Officer Surender Verma were also found guilty in the case. The main accused in the case Sanji Ram, his friend Parvesh Kumar and a special police officer Deepak Khajuria were sentenced to life imprisonment for offences under Sections 302 (murder) of the Ranbir Penal Code. The three police men – Special Police Officer Surender Verma, Sub Inspector Anand Dutta and Head Constable Tilak Raj – who had allegedly taken Rs 4 lakh as bribe from Sanji Ram for sabotaging the case were sentenced to five years imprisonment for destruction of evidence and fined Rupees 25,000/- (rupees twenty five thousand only)

However, for the right wing trolls the two cases are the same, and the only issue is the religious identity of the accused, and not justice for the rape survivor and victim


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