The police on Friday arrested a 25-year-old driver of a school bus accused of sexually assaulting a 3-year-old girl in a Gwalior school.
The accused was arrested from his house in Jhansi Road locality after the minor identified him by looking at his photograph during police investigations.
Earlier on Wednesday, the police registered a case of rape of a student of nursery class in city’s Ramshri Kids School under relevant sections of IPC and POCSO Act against an unidentified accused.
The minor, a nursery student, complained of pain in her private parts to her mother after returning from the school around 2:30 pm on Wednesday. Her parents took her to a gynaecologist who told them that the child had been sexually assaulted.
She put the parents in touch with the president of Gwalior chapter of All India Parents Association, Sudhir Sapra. They then lodged a complaint with the police station. The police detained five suspects for questioning on Thursday after they were identified by the minor based on the photographs of the school staff. One of the suspects identified was missing during the identification parade in the school. He was arrested by the police on Friday.
“The arrested man accused of assaulting the minor was identified as Diwan Singh. He used to work as a driver for one of the school buses. The victim has also identified him and accused him of sexually assaulting her in the school by gagging her,” said superintendent of police Hari Narayanchari Mishra.
“We have also asked the school management to provide us with the details about its security measures for the children. If they fail to give a satisfactory answer to us, then we will write to the administration concerned to cancel its affiliation,” added Mishra.
The accused, however, denied the charges. “I am completely innocent and did not commit any crime. I have been framed in this case and the victim had been sexually assaulted by another staff member of the school,” said Singh.
On Friday, the district co-ordinator of Women and Child Department, Shalin Sharma, accused the school administration, police and hospital administration for their insensitive approach in the case.