A special team of police Wednesday launched a probe into the alleged molestation of a three-year-old girl admitted to the nursery section of a private school in Bangalore on Tuesday. Hundreds of parents protested against the incident and sought stringent action against the culprits.
The six-member probe team, headed by assistant commissioner of police Sarah Fatima, is examining the footage of the closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed in the Orchid International School to monitor movements of students, faculty, staff and visitors.
A medical check-up of the child at a hospital showed minor cut marks on private parts. Of the 90 faculty and staff members, about 10 were male employees in the school, including caretakers and physical education coaches. The child’s Mother recalled to police her daughter telling her that “uncle did this to me”.
Meanwhile, the school management said it had learnt about the incident Tuesday evening (around 6 p.m.) after all students and teachers left early as a five-day holidays were to begin from Wednesday for Diwali festival this week.
“A cursory viewing of the CCTV footage shows no entry of outsiders in the school yesterday (Tuesday) but only teachers and students interacting and moving around. We are cooperating with police to investigate the case,” a school official said.
Cops are interrogating school staff, faculty and security persons. On police directive, the entire staff, including teachers, administrative staff and security persons were summoned to school for questioning by the probe team.
Police registered a criminal case late Tuesday under sections of Pocso Act (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012) and the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on a complaint by the child’s father that his young daughter was molested while she was in the school.
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.
This latest incident of child abuse in a city school has occurred three months after a six-year-old girl student was allegedly raped in The Vibgyor High school in the eastern suburb by its gymnastic coach and his assistant.
In that case the accused were arrested three weeks past the incident on July 29 and remanded to judicial custody pending investigation and filing of the charge sheet by police.
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