Protests erupted in Bengaluru on Wednesday over the alleged rape of a nursery student in a city school.
The incident was a grim reminder of the alleged rape of a six-year-old girl in an upscale school in July and cast a shadow on security arrangements in such institutions in the Karnataka capital.
In August, reports of an eight year-old girl being allegedly sexually assaulted by her 63-year-old teacher inside her school premises had triggered a flutter as well.
Staff members of the school where the latest incident allegedly took place on Tuesday were questioned in connection with the case.
According to reports, the three-year-old girl had gone out twice from the classroom; both times escorted. Reports also said there were six male employees present in the school on Tuesday.
A spokesperson of the school said CCTV footage showed that no outsider entered the premises.
"We came to know about the incident around 6pm," she said, adding police had questioned employees including teachers of the institution throughout the night.
When asked if the incident happened inside the school, she said, "An investigation is going on. We cannot comment now."
A case was registered under sections 4 and 6 of the Pocso Act (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012) and section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the unidentified suspect(s).
According to the complaint lodged with the police, the girl was crying when her mother picked her up from school, was not behaving normally and had symptoms of fever.
From what she said later, her family members figured out the girl was assaulted, police said.
MN Reddi, Bangalore police commissioner, said, "The child was taken to a hospital and the doctors confirmed of a slight damage on her private parts."
"I have convinced the parents of prompt and quick investigation. The parents wanted the management speak to them… I have spoken to the management."
The police chief also said, "I won't comment on where the incident occurred. We will let you know when we come to know."
Additional police commissioner Alok Kumar has given strict instructions to the school management to keep parents informed about every move in connection with the incident.
It was learnt that a parents' association had a meeting with the management and they were not happy with the response of the school authorities.
"Constructions activity was going on (on school premises) and labourers had free access to the entire facility," said Pramod Menon, a parent.
"There are 18 CCTV cameras on campus, but when we asked the management whether they checked the footage in real time, they said no. The management also had no explanation for why they were running the school when most of the staff members were on leave for Diwali."