Five school dropouts in the age group of 10 to 12 years have been booked on the charges of attempting to sodomise a Class-6 student of Kendriya Vidyalaya No 1, Adampur, in Punjab’s Jalandhar district and circulating an MMS clip of the incident.
A case has been registered under sections 377, 506 and 511 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and various sections of the Information Technology Act.
Resham Singh, an ex-serviceman, in his complaint to the police, said the boys (names withheld as the offenders are juvenile), all residents of Alawalpur village, used to play with his son on the campus of the government elementary school for girls here.
“About six months ago, one of them took my son to his house in search of a ball and tried to sodomise him. Two others attempted to commit the unnatural act later,” he alleged, adding that his son did not report the incident to him out of fear. “My son became the butt of jokes among his friends,” he alleged.
Family members came to know about the incident through the MMS clip. “We promptly reported the matter to the police, seeking stringent action against the accused,” Resham said.
The complainant as well as the accused belong to the Dalit community. The latter’s parents work as labourers.
Sources said the parents of the accused had offered to pay compensation to the victim’s family, but a compromise fell through.
Superintendent of police Rajinder Singh said the police had conducted raids on houses of the accused on Friday, but they were found absconding. “Now, their parents have produced them before the investigating officer, who is questioning them about the incident,” he added.
As per Section 377 of the IPC, “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal” is a cognisable offence, but no arrest can be made without a warrant or without a magistrate’s order. The crime is punishable with imprisonment for life or a term extendable up to 10 years.