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Child rights body to probe Kurla abuse case

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, April 04, 2013
First Published: 01:24 IST(4/4/2013) | Last Updated: 01:26 IST(4/4/2013)

The Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has, suo motu, taken up the case of alleged sexual assault on a six-year-old boy at a Kurla school. It will hear the parents, school authorities and police on April 8.

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A team of five doctors examined the boy at Nair Hospital on Wednesday. Sources at the hospital said a psychiatric evaluation of the child is also being performed after a police request. “A thorough examination is being carried out. We cannot divulge more,” said a senior doctor.

Police are yet to conclude if the boy was sexually assaulted. “We are waiting for the detailed medical report and have not come to any conclusion yet,” said Dhananjay Kulkarni, deputy commissioner of police, Zone V.

The first medical examination of the child at Nagpada police hospital on April 1 concluded that the child had a two or three-day old bruise near his anus. This could mean that the injury was caused between March 23 and 24 - after the date on which the alleged incident of sexual abuse took place.

The lone accused arrested in the case, the woman attendant of the school bus, has been remanded in police custody up to April 16. Her interrogation so far has not yielded any clues on what actually happened.

The school has maintained that the lack of evidence so far points to the possibility that the allegations by the parents are exaggerated or false. “We are waiting for the medical reports and once they are out, we will take necessary action against the parents,” the school’s principal said.


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