Madarsas and other private educational institutions are likely to come under the scanner of the police following the alleged molestation of girls in a madarsa in Saadatganj area of Lucknow.

A total of 52 girls were rescued from the Jamiya Khadeejatul Lilabnaat Madarsa on Friday last. Of these 40 have been sent home to their parents on Sunday after their statements were recorded by the police. Steps are underway to send the remaining girls to their respective homes also. The parents of these girls have been contacted.

These girls were put up in shelter homes following their rescue from the madarsa till such time as they were handed over to their families. The UP women welfare minister Dr Rita Bahuguna Joshi had met these girls at the shelter home on Saturday night and inspected the place where the girls had been kept prior to their being returned to their families.

The alleged sexual harrassment of the inmates of this all girls madarsa came to light when paper slips thrown by them were found in the neighbourhood in which they mentioned their ordeal. A joint team of the police and the administration raided the madarsa on Friday night and rescued the girls.

The SSP Lucknow Deepak Kumar said seven amongst them levelled charges of sexual abuse and attempt to rape against the manager Tayyab Zia. One amongst them reportedly said when the girls resisted the advances of Zia they were beaten mercilessly and also tortured. The statements of the inmates have been recorded under 164 CrPc and their medical examination conducted. These statements along with their medical reports will be produced in the court.

The manager of the madarsa was arrested and sent to jail. Three separate cases of sexual harassment, rape and fraud have been lodged against him at the Saadatganj police station. The minister has asked the police to investigate the case properly. Invetigators have been asked to check the previous records of the madarsa manager. A daily review of the case will be taken up by a gazetted officer.

Apart from the police verification of the madarsas, there is also a move to verify the educational institutions run by private bodies. A key element of the proposed exercise will be the verification of the antecedents of the employees of these institutions. Feedback will be obtained from the girl students of these institutions, sources said.