The Driver of a school bus of a prominent public school in Vasundhara, Sector14, physically abused a 10-year-old boy in the moving bus on Tuesday afternoon in Ghaziabad. According to the boy’s family, there were several other children present in the bus when the incident took place. The boy’s parents alleged that the driver took the boy to the corner seat and molested him. The victim is a student of class IV.
“The family members of the boy have complained that the driver asked the boy to remove his school tie and jacket, and then kissed him. The boy has also told the parents that the driver took some photographs of the boy with his camera phone but later deleted them since the boy did not like being photographed,” said Atul Srivastava, Deputy Superintendent of Police.
The police later arrested the bus driver and registered a case of obscene act and criminal intimidation (under sections 294 and 506 IPC) against him. A senior police officer said a case was registered under the Motor Vehicles Act against the helper who was driving the bus.
Rakesh Jindal, the accused, is employed with the school’s main branch in Vivek Vihar in Delhi. He was called on special duty to fill in for Baburam, the driver of the bus there. The bus, which was carrying small children, did not have a schoolteacher or a staff member on board.
According to a senior police officer, the accused first forced the bus helper Pramod Kumar to get off the vehicle and then handed over the wheel of the bus to another helper Santosh Kumar, who is also employed with the school’s main branch. “My child was in tears when he came from the school. He threw up a couple of times and rinsed his mouth several times. When we cajoled him he recounted the entire episode,” said Manoj Tyagi, the boy’s father.
The school officials said they sacked the driver and the helper the moment they got the complaint. “Such acts are absolutely intolerable and we removed the erring driver and the helper from our rolls,” said Arun Sharma, a school official.