A youth, Ishaque Ali, has been arrested in Mahoba of Uttar Pradesh under stringent sections of the UP Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Act, POCSO Act and SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for allegedly impersonating, stalking and threatening a minor schoolgirl for the past few months.
The 14-year-old girl is an intermediate student at a government school. After coming to know that the youth, Ishaque, had hid his real identity, the girl complained about the alleged stalker to her family members. He was arrested and sent to jail on 17 September, police said.
Police booked the Muslim man from Mahoba under the anti-conversion law, besides IPC sections 354D (stalking) and 506 (criminal intimidation) and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and SC/ST Act, police said.
In the complaint, the girl’s family members stated that Ishaque, a resident of Kasba Thai Mohalla, had initially befriended her by hiding his real identity and introducing himself as Raj.
About 15 days ago, when she came to know about the truth that the youth with whom she is in a relationship was a Muslim, she stopped talking to him and blocked his phone number. Ishaque then allegedly waylaid her and threatened her several times after she refused to speak to him. The threats allegedly ranged from abduction and wiping out her and her family members.
Inspector Kotwali Balram Singh on 18 September said, “We have arrested the accused and sent him to jail after registering a case under the anti-conversion law, besides relevant sections of IPC, POCSO Act and SC/ST Act.”
When Hindu groups learned about the incident, members of Bajrang Dal and VHP reached the police station to support the family in Mahoba. They have urged the police to take strict action against the culprit.
Superintendent of Police RK Gautam said that a case had been filed on the complaint of the victim’s father. The suspect has been arrested and the investigation is underway.