The alert eyes of a mother concerned about the well being of her child saved the three-year-old from facing further sexual abuse at the play school in West Delhi’s Hari Nagar.
The police on Friday arrested a 24-year-old man, identified as Vikas, for allegedly sexually abusing a minor for the past three days. The incident came to light after the girl’s mother noticed some blood stains on her daughter’s undergarment on Thursday and sensed foul play.
She rushed her child to a nearby doctor’s clinic where the doctor confirmed that the minor had been sexually abused.
The doctor said the minor had been raped and immediately referred the girl to Deen Dayal Upadhya Hospital for treatment. Authorities at the Deen Dayal Upadhya Hospital informed the police after which a case was registered and the accused, Vikas, son of the play school owner, was arrested, a police source said.
A case under section 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, and section 376 of IPC was registered against the accused.
The girl’s grandmother said her granddaughter was complaining about pain in her private parts for the last three days.
“She had been vomiting for the last three days. We initially took it to be a case of some infection. But on Thursday, her mother suspected foul play after noticing bloodstains,” the grandmother told the police.
“Prodded, she told us that a bhaiyya (Vikas) had done some indecent acts with her. She told us that the bhaiyya had attacked some of her friends too,” said the girl’s grandmother.
On Friday morning, around 100 people, including parents of children attending the play school, gathered outside the institution, staged a protest and beat up Vikas before calling and handing him over to the police.
The agitators blocked the main road for several minutes and demanded that the play school be permanently closed. They alleged Vikas’s sister and a female attendant of the school were aware of the incident but did nothing about it.
Police suspect that the accused may have abused other students as well. Some parents alleged that their wards refused to go to school as well citing stomach pain.
“For the past few days, the school’s owner and his wife were not in town. They had put Vikas in charge of the school,” the officer added.