A 10-year-old boy was allegedly sodomised by a 22-year-old youth, both visually impaired, inside the premises of the institute for the blind in southeast Delhi’s Amar Colony area.
According to the complainant, Pawan Kumar, a class 12 student at the school, came to his hostel room and sexually abused him on February 1. The next day, the boy then called his uncle and informed him about the incident, who told the school principal.
Investigations revealed that Kumar had allegedly sodomised another boy in the school in December, which was brought to the notice of the authorities but the police was not informed about the incident. Kumar reportedly gave a written apology to the school requesting to not take any action as he was to appear for his board examination in March.
Several visually impaired children and youngsters study at the school and stay in the hostel in the school premises.
“The first incident was reported on December 20, but we were not informed. The school authorities asked for a written apology from Kumar and he was let off. The victim was also pacified. We have accessed the copy of the written apology that was taken from Kumar. As no strict action was taken against him then, he allegedly sodomised another kid on February 1. We have recorded statements of both the children and have begun the investigation,” a senior police officer said.
Police also said that action may be taken against the school authorities for withholding information. “The principal should have informed the police when the first incident was reported on December 20, instead of solving it at their level. Action may be taken against the school authorities once allegations are verified.
DCP southeast Romil Baaniya confirmed the incident. “A case under sections of the 377 (sodomy) and POCSO (protection of child against sexual offences) has been registered in the matter and the investigation is on.”
A statement before the magistrate will now be recorded by the two boys. “A statement under 164 CrPc will be recorded and further action will then follow,” a police officer said.