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Hindustan Times—The district administration deployed additional forces in the Kharkhauda area on Monday to diffuse communal tension after a 20-year-old woman complained of forced conversion at a madrasa and subsequent gang-rape.
India's Meerut District
Meerut superintendent of police (rural) MM Beg confirmed arrest of three out of four accused named in the complaint, including a woman and a girl.
He said raids are on to nab the Urdu teacher of the madrasa.
The alleged forced conversion took place at a madrasa in Dautai village of neighbouring Hapur on July 30, a day after Eid.
The woman worked as a teacher in the madrasa at Sarawa village, 40 km from Dautai and around 25 km from Meerut. . . .
He said that girl's medical examination has been concluded but added she would have to undergo a few additional tests.
The Hindu teacher, who taught Hindi and English at the madrasa, had alleged that after her conversion, she was taken to Muzaffarnagar where she was kept in confinement.
She also alleged that she was gang-raped during her confinement. She, however, did not identify the rapists.
She claimed to have escaped from the clutches of her abductors and return to her house in Kharkhauda and narrate the ordeal to her family-members.
The girl's family had lodged a missing complaint at Kharkhauda police station on July 30.
On Monday, the Muzaffarnagar district administration also raided a religious education centre but found no girl being held captive there.
The raid was carried out after the victim claimed that 20 more girls were held captive at the place in Muzaffarnagar. (Continue Reading.)
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
India: Meerut District on Edge After Gang-Rape and Forced Conversion of Hindu Woman
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