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Fatehabad rape victim, sisters 'expelled' from school

chandigarh Updated: Oct 16, 2012 00:22 IST
Sat Singh

The father of the 12-year-old rape victim of a government school here has alleged that not only has his victimised daughter been shown the door by the school authorities but her sisters studying in the same school in classes 6 and 7 have also been expelled.

The district education department has, however, denied the allegation.

It may be noted that the father of the victim, a resident of Nangal Dhani near Ratia town, informed the police about the incident and a case was registered against a fruit vendor, Sohan Lal Odh.

In the complaint, the father stated that the accused used to sell fruit near the victim's school had lured his minor daughter by offering her fruit and committed the crime by taking her to a nearby field.

Odh, a resident of Khai village, was arrested on Saturday.

On Sunday, the victim's father told mediapersons that the "matter was discussed at the panchayat, headed by sarpanch Jai Singh, on October 7 but when the panchayat couldn't take satisfactory action against the perpetrator, he approached the police on October13."

"But today all three daughters of mine are forced to sit at home as the school authorities have shut the door on their face," he said.

Sources said sarpanch Jai Singh tried to strike a deal to settle the issue. A few thousand rupees were offered to the victim's father to settle the matter. He refused and approached the police.

When contacted, sarpanch Jai Singh declined to comment on the issue.

After the victim's father alleged that the victim was pregnant, the police took the 12-year-old girl for medical examination at Fatehabad civil hospital.

Chief medical officer Suraj Bhan Kamboj said that he could not reveal the details of the case as the matter was under police investigation.

Defending the school, district education officer Manju Gupta claimed that the victim's father insisted on changing his three daughters' school and he had moved an application in this regard last month. "The matter was discussed by the school management committee and the three girls were given the school-leaving certificate on October 3," she added.