Ex-imam accused of raping minor nabbed in Madurai

Ex-imam accused of raping minor nabbed in Madurai


Nearly a month after being on the run, former imam of Tolikkad mosque in Thiruvananthapuram Shefeeq Al Qasimi, who is facing the charge of raping a minor girl, was arrested from Madurai late on Thursday.

The arrest was made possible by the Nedumangad DySP with the help of plainclothed shadow police on learning that Qasimi was hiding in Madurai in Tamil Nadu. His brother Al Ameen had been arrested earlier on grounds of giving shelter to Qasimi and even hiding his car.

Qasimi, then Imam of Tolikkad mosque, was accused in February of molesting the 15-year-old girl when she was returning from school. He is said to have taken her to a forest area in a car and molested her.

Vithura police booked him charges of rape and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Posco) Act after a complaint from the mosque president. The girl had told the police, the doctor and Child Line that she had been sexually abused.