Bangladesh: Continuous rape by Maulana, Madrasa student died; accused Selim Gazi absconding 

Rape of minor students in Madrasas by their teachers is not unknown in Bangladesh: every year, little students, both boys and girls, die in Bangladesh due to rape. Now, a fresh incident has been reported from Baufol Upozila of Potuakhali district. 

On the 25th of August, Friday, a minor student named Al Rafi(12) died in a Dhaka Hospital. Al Rafi was the son of Muhammad Rejaul Akon, a resident of Dalim village under Najirpur union of the same district. 

As per reports, Al Rafi was a student of “Madinatul Ulum Kaomiya Hafizia and Nurani K.G. Madrasa”. 

Recently, the student got severely ill. Family members took him to Upazila Health Complex. After primary treatment, the student was referred to Dhaka. There, he was admitted to a private hospital. Since then, he has been undergoing treatment there. 

His family members alleged that the head Maulana of the madrasa, Selim Gazi, regularly raped Al Rafi. The rape continued for the last one year. Due to fear, the boy didn’t say anything to his parents. 

Doctors said, “Due to rape, we found infection in the anus. Due to that infection, the boy was suffering pain. Also, from that infection, cancer was spread in his body. We tried but couldn’t save the boy.”

A complaint has been filed in Baufol Police Station by Abdul Ali Akon, grandfather of the deceased boy. Police have launched a manhunt. Maulana Selim Gazi has been absconding since the death of the boy. 

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