The Ahmadiyya community in Britain is rocked by allegations of rape and its spiritual leader found himself in a soup after his warning to the victim against approaching the police became public. Ahmadi spiritual leader Mirza Masroor Ahmad is accused of supressing the allegations after a recording of a telephone call with the alleged victim was uploaded in social media. reports UK-based Daily Mail.
According to the report, the sect has 30,000 followers in Britain. In the recording the imam is heard telling the woman to woman drop allegations that she was raped and sexually assaulted by her father and three other sect members at addresses in London, Surrey, Dorset and the Pakistani city of Rabwah, the group’s spiritual headquarters, according to Daily Mail.
In a bid to discourage her from reporting the matter, he told her that she will need to produce four witnesses to prove a rape claim. Daily Mail reproduced her tweet which said: “Instead of silencing victims, allegations of abuse should be properly investigated, and perpetrators punished, not protected.”
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the imam said: ‘The allegation has been and continues to be taken extremely seriously. After his conversation with the complainant, His Holiness [Ahmad] referred the matter to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association UK for immediate action. In turn, AMA UK promptly informed the Metropolitan Police, whose investigation is ongoing. In light of the police involvement, we are unable to comment further.”