A three -year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by two men on Wednesday in one of the top schools in Gwalior. Police have detained five suspects but the child’s parents and the Gwalior chapter of All India Parents Association have alleged that both the police and a hospital where the child was taken for a medical examination, were apathetic.
The child identified the suspects from photographs following which police detained five of them on Thursday. A sixth suspect is missing. Those detained are non-teaching staff of the school.
According to sources, the victim, a nursery student, complained of pain in her private parts to her mother after returning from the school around 2:30 pm. Her parents took her to a gynaecologist who told them that the child had been sexually assaulted and advised them to lodge a police complaint.
She also put the parents in touch with the president of Gwalior chapter of All India Parents Association, Sudhir Sapra .
“The parents along and the child came to me in the evening at 4 pm. I spoke to SP Harinarayanchari Mishra and informed him about the incident after which he ordered the additional superintendent of police(crime), Kumar Prateek to look into the incident as he was out of station. Under the directions of Prateek, we went to the Jhansi Road police station to lodge a complaint,” Sapra told HT.
“At the Jhansi Road police station, inspector Sanjiv Narayan Parma, told us that he needs to check the footage of the CCTV cameras of the school before registering a case. We went to the school while the inspector reached more than an hour later and took the CCTV footage for investigation. We then went to Kamla Raja hospital for the victim’s medical check-up at 4:30 pm and returned at 1:30 am. Police registered the case only at 7 pm against unidentified accused,” added Sapra.
On Thursday when they went back to the school , the child identified the place where she was assaulted by the two accused.
Sapra said the school has 22 CCTV cameras, but the accused had allegedly disabled one of the cameras located near the spot which the victim identified. The child identified six suspects from photographs. While five have been detained, the child has accused the sixth who is missing, of gagging and assaulting her from the past week.
The school’s owner told HT that the institution was supporting the investigation.
“The school has provided the footage of all CCTV cameras installed in the school to the police. We are also questioning our own staff about the incident to help the police in its investigations. No male non-teaching staff is allowed inside the school building although the victim has said that she had been assaulted inside the school building. We are fully supporting the police in its investigation,” the school owner said.
The police have registered a case of rape under relevant sections of IPC and POCSO Act and investigations are on. They have denied dragging their feet on the case.
“All the suspect are from non-teaching staff of the school who have been detained fro questioning. One of the suspect is missing who would soon be detained. Also there was no delay in registering the case, as it was registered in reasonable time following the complaint lodged by the parents of the school. Investigations are on in the case and the accused would soon be nabbed,” said SP Harinarayanchari Mishra.