Kolkata: A four-year-old student of a prominent south Kolkata English-medium school was allegedly sexually abused by two teachers inside aschool toilet on Thursday.
Both teachers were arrested on Friday after the girl gave a video statement and identified them from a set of four photographs shown by investigators.
The girl and her parents were allegedly given the runaround over police jurisdiction and getting a medical examination, for more than 24 hours before the culprits were finally arrested.
The girl’s father said the family first approached the Netaji Nagar police station to lodge a complaint but were taken to Jadavpur police station, apparently because the place of the crime—the school campus — fell in the latter’s jurisdiction. Worse, Jadavpur police station allegedly asked the parents for a medical examination before registering a complaint. The girl’s medical tests were finally completed on Friday.
PT teachers Avishek Roy
(32) and Md Mofizul (30) were arrested and charged under sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, which carry a maximum punishment of life imprisonment. Calling the incident heinous, Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee promised the guilty would be punished. The parents told police the teachers lured their daughter with chocolate to an unattended school toilet on Thursday and then sexually abused her. The girl was too shocked to tell her mother anything at first, but recounted her horror later.
When the child complained of pain in her genital area and passed blood in her urine, the mother took her to a doctor, who told her the child had been sexually assaulted. “Our daughter told us two teachers at the school took her to the toilet and touched her private parts,” the girl’s father, who is the regional head of an Indian MNC, said. Police have denied the parents were made to run around. “The parents reached the Netaji Nagar police station at 9.25pm on Thursday. The in-charge there arranged for a vehicle to take the little girl and her dad to Jadavpur police station,” a police officer said. Cops at Jadavpur police station said they wanted to hurry up the process of the medical exam to ensure no evidence was lost and, therefore, took the girl’s family to the hospital first.
The incident sent shockwaves through Kolkata, sparking protests at the school, with many parents laying siege to the campus. “Is it too much to expect the school to guarantee my child’s protection on the campus?” an angry parent asked. Denying the allegations, the school principal said no PT classes were scheduled on Thursday, and the girl’s mother had not complained of anything amiss when she came to pick her daughter up from the school.
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Schoolgirls who came to watch a debate on women safety in the MP Assembly were told to leave the House on Friday because some legislators felt “sensitive topics” like gangrape shouldn’t be discussed in the presence of minors. The debate began during adjournment motion when the Opposition brought up gangrape of a 19-year-old in Bhopal. TNN