B'lore school rape incident: Police file criminal case against school authorities

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Bangalore, Oct 23: After protests arose from all sides against a school in Bangalore where a 3-year-old was sexually assaulted, authorities on Thursday filed a criminal case.

Reportedly, a complaint has been filed by the department of public instruction against the Orchid International School citing that the school was being run illegally.

(Read here: Bangalore Shocker: Three-year-old girl child raped in kindergarten school! )

"No arrests and detentions have been made so far in the case. However, we have interrogated many. We are doing our professional best to nab the culprit," Joint Police Commissioner Hemant Nimbalkar told PTI.

The school staff members were being questioned and the CCTV footage being examined by police, Nimbalkar said. A criminal case has been registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012 and IPC section 376 (rape) on a complaint from the father of the child. The investigating team, led by ACP Sarah Fatima, has examined the footage, capturing the movement of students, faculty and visitors, police said.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Public Instruction Commissioner Mohammed Mohsin told reporters that the education department would file a criminal case against "Orchids, The International School" for violating norms stipulated under Karnataka Education Act.

"The school has permission to teach in Kannada up to fifth class. But it is teaching in English up to seventh class," Mohsin said. It has also been teaching CBSE syllabus without prior permission for the same. "The school is not affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)," he said. The school has also been running nursery classes without permission, he added.

The parents association met the management on Thursday and demanded that action be taken against the culprits. Reportedly, the school management has agreed to all the demands raised by the parents.

The three-year-old girl was allegedly raped by staff at the school in Jalahalli on Tuesday, Oct 21.

As soon as the complaint was registered, The city police rushed to the spot and detained six people for questioning.

"We have registered a criminal case late Tuesday on a complaint by the victim's father that his young daughter, a kindergarten student in the school, was sexually abused in the Orchid The International School premises," Police Inspector T.C. Venkatesh told.

The case was registered under sections 4 and 6 of the Pocso Act (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012) and section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the unidentified suspect(s).

According to the complaint, the girl's mother found her daughter crying and behaving unusual and abnormal when she went to pick her up from the school in the evening.

"The victim had signs of fever and complained to her mother that she was physically abused by someone she did not know or recognize," the complaint by her father Harpreet Singh said. Police said that the girl complained of severe pain in her private parts after she reached home. Her mother found the child was bleeding profusely and took her to a private hospital, where the doctors examined the girl and informed the mother that her daughter had been raped.

The horrified parents immediately filed a complaint at the Jalahalli police station. "The police swiftly rushed to the school and alerted senior officials about the incident. Information was gathered about the number of teaching and non-teaching staff in the school and we are investigating," the police added.

A police source said that the girl told the parents that an 'uncle' misbehaved with her. This made police suspect the role of the non-teaching staff, although some teachers have also been detained. "We are checking the footage of the CCTV cameras installed in the school and questioning its staff and faculty," Venkatesh said.

Oneindia News
(With agency inputs)

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