A few days after a video surfaced on YouTube showing the head imam of Jama Masjid of the town of Bijnor allegedly trying to rape a woman, he was booked by the police on Thursday for the crime.
The incident allegedly happened on August 19, when the woman’s husband and neighbours caught the imam during the act and thrashed him. Photographs and videos were also clicked of the whole incident.
The imam, 40-year old Maulana Anwarul Haq had allegedly been raping the 30-year old woman on the pretext of “rescuing her from evil spirits”. Haq is also the national vice-president of Indian Muslim Board.According to Bijnor SP Umesh Kumar Srivastava, the victim’s husband had approached Haq to cure the woman, who had been ill for almost a month. Haq reportedly told the victim’s husband that his wife was under the influence of evil spirits and certain rituals needed to be performed at the Kaliyar Sharif dargah in Haridwar to cure her.
Srivastava said, “On August 12, Haq took the couple to Haridwar where they stayed in a hotel. The man has alleged that the cleric called his wife to his room on the pretext of performing rituals and raped her. He also threatened her with dire consequences if she informed her husband.”