Magisterial probe ordered into Delhi school kid’s rape

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New Delhi, Sep 10 (IANS) The Delhi government on Sunday ordered a magisterial inquiry into the rape of a five-year-old girl inside the school and asked for a report to be submitted by Tuesday.

A school peon has been arrested in connection with the case in the east Delhi school.

The magisterial inquiry is being headed by Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Vivek Vihar into the sexual assault by the school’s staffer inside the school in east Delhi’s Raghuwarpura near Gandhi Nagar, and its report is to be submitted within three days, a senior officer of the Delhi government told IANS.

The incident came to light on Saturday around 3 p.m. when the child complained of pain in abdomen. Her mother noticed bleeding in her private parts while taking her to the washroom.

“The accused identified as Vikas, 40, who works as a peon, was arrested for sexually assaulting the five-year-old girl in an empty classroom,” a senior police officer said.

“He was arrested from near his residence in Raghuwarpura after the victim gave a tip-off about his description to the police during a counselling session,” he said.

The child said the attacker was wearing a red colour cap.

“The incident occurred on Saturday around 11 a.m. at the Tagore Public School in Shahdara after the school hours. The girl did not leave as she was waiting to take her half an hour extra class,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Nupur Prasad said.

“Vikas lured the minor with a candy and took her inside an empty classroom where he sexually assaulted her.”

Prasad said that Vikas “put his hand the victim’s mouth and threatened her of dire consequences”.

“The victim, a Class 1 student, has been admitted to Chacha Nehru Hospital for treatment where her condition is said to be stable,” the police officer said added.

Vikas, a resident of Usmanpur, has been working in the school for the past three years. He earlier worked in two other schools, said Prasad.

The police said a medical test confirmed sexual assault. Vikas has been booked under The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.

Meanwhile, the girl’s grandfather alleged that police misbehaved with them when the minor was taken to Chaha Nehru Hospital. He also said that initially the doctors did not take this case seriously and only admitted the girl around 8.30 p.m. on Saturday.

“The child is still in trauma and terrified since the crime happened with her as Vikas threatened her with dire consequences,” the girl’s grandfather told IANS.

“He was inebriated at the time of committing the crime and also at the time of his arrest. The girl was later shifted to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital from where she was discharged on Sunday morning,” he added.

–IANS

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