POST TIME: 23 July, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Principal sacked, Imam arrested for sexual abuse

Principal sacked, Imam arrested for 
sexual abuse

The principal of Mirzapur Girls’ College, Harunor Rashid, has been permanently terminated from his job on charges of sexually abusing two young schoolgirls while a team of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has arrested an imam of Dakhsin Khan Mosque for allegedly raping several women and boys. In Tangail, Md Zakir Hossain, the chairman of the governing body of the college, and Pronob Kumar Shaha, the acting principal, confirmed the termination of the principal yesterday. Sources said Rashid had sexually abused two girls of Classes VI and VII on December 20, 2018. The two girls, along with others, were playing on the college field. The principal summoned all these girls to a room. He served the girls biscuits. After they ate the biscuits he allowed every girl to leave the room except the two victims. He closed the door and sexually abused the two girls. The girls cried for help. The mother of one of the girls came to help them, but found the gate closed, and a clerk, Ershad, was found on duty. Ershad opened the gate and the principal went out of the gate wearing only a lungi. The mother rescued the girls with the help of locals. Police arrested the principal but released him after a few moments.

The two guardians lodged a complaint with Mirzapur upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) Abdul Malek. It attracted the attention of Tangail deputy commissioner (DC) Md. Shahidul Islam. A three-member probe body was formed to investigate the matter. Principal Harunor Rashid was temporarily suspended and a decision to serve a show-cause notice was adopted.

It finally discharged the principal on grounds of moral turpitude. Locals alleged that Harunor Rashid has a bad moral character. He has allegedly been earlier involved in several incidents of sexual abuse as well.  In Dhaka, the arrestee was identified as Idris Ahmed, 42, and also had been teaching at a local madrasha for 18 years. Sources of RAB-1 said, Idris Ahmed, 42, raped both boys and girls by intimidating them with tales of supernatural forces like genies.

He has been accused raping 4 to 5 women and 10-12 teenage boys, the sources added. RAB-1 commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Sarwar Bin Kashem said, he used to record intimate moments with his victims on phone video and used them to secure their silence.  “A case has been lodged against Idris in Dakshin Khan Police Station,” sarwar added.