A four-year-old girl of a Gurgaon school was allegedly sexually assaulted by an attendant inside a moving school bus last week.
The suspect, Shambu, 21, a resident of West Bengal, has been arrested and sent to custody after being produced before a magistrate here, police said. The victim is a pre-nursery student.
Police said Shambu was posted as a temporary attendant in Presidium school in Sector 56 in place of his brother, who left a few days ago.
“He (Shambu) has been arrested for allegedly molesting the girl in the moving school bus of Presidium School,” confirmed assistant police commissioner, Hawa Singh, the official spokesperson of Gurgaon police.
Police said the accused took the victim to the rear seat of the bus where he allegedly molested her. Her mother came to know about the incident after noticing swelling in her private parts.
“When her mother asked her about the swelling, she cried and shared her ordeal,” police said.
The girl’s family, who live in an upscale apartment, later registered a complaint with the school, which approached the Sector 56 police station to lodge an FIR.
Based on the complaint, a case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act was lodged.
“The FIR was lodged based on the school’s complaint,” said assistant police commissioner Singh.
Narendra Kumar, Station House Officer of Sector 56 police station, refused to divulge any details when contacted.
No one from the school management was available for a comment despite repeated attempts.
An employee of the transport company, which manages Presidium’s school buses, Devendra, said the incident took place last week in the afternoon when the bus was headed towards Sector 57 to drop the girl back home after school.
“It happened last week when the bus was ferrying students after school. Shambu was working in place of his brother,” he added.
(WITH INPUTS FROM ISHA SAHNI)