A peon of a government school raped an eight-year-old student within the premises in northeast Delhi’s Seelampur on Wednesday.
Police said the peon threatened the Class 3 student that he would kill her if she resisted him.
The crime took place a day before the Delhi High Court upheld the death sentence awarded to the four convicts in the brutal December 16 gang rape and murder case.
A case of rape under relevant provisions of the IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, has been registered at the Seelampur police station. The accused was arrested on Thursday evening but the police have refused to divulge his name, saying their investigation was not yet over.
A senior police officer said the crime took place around noon. The girl lives with her family in Seelampur.
On Wednesday, the officer said, the girl was returning home after appearing for an exam when she realised that she had forgotten some of her things in the classroom and went back to the school.
“As soon as she entered the school, the peon waylaid her and took her to an isolated spot in the school. He forced himself on the girl and threatened to kill her when she resisted him. He raped the girl and asked her to return home,” the officer said.
After the girl reached home, she was so frightened that she did not even talk to her family and went to sleep. After she woke up, her father asked her why she got late. It was then that the girl broke down and told her parents about the entire incident, the officer said
The girl’s family approached the Seelampur police station and lodged a complaint against the peon. The girl was taken to the nearby government hospital where her medical examination confirmed rape.
The victim’s parents have alleged that the school principal and a few teachers initially tried to shield the accused as they wanted to hush up the entire incident. When asked, the police said they are verifying the claims of the victim’s family.