A five-year-old girl of an Indore school was allegedly raped inside a van by the driver on Tuesday, putting the spotlight back on rising incidents of sexual abuse of school-going minors across the country.
Police said that the accused, identified as Ajay Solanki (25), was arrested soon after incident was reported in Madhya Pradesh’s commercial hub, over 200 km from capital Bhopal.
“We have arrested the accused and further investigation is on,” said Abid Khan, superintendent of police (west).
Police said that Solanki, a resident of Loknayak Nagar, allegedly raped the KG-I student on in the aerodrome area when the girl was alone in the van (MP43-T-0021).
He added Solanki had dropped all other school children before forcing himself on the minor.
After the girl narrated the incident to her parents, the enraged parents and neighbours caught hold of Solanki and roughed him up before handing him over to police.
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The girl was sent for medical examination.
The alleged rape was the second sexual assault of a minor in the city within a fortnight.
On November 27, a van driver had allegedly attempted to molest a four-year-old girl inside the vehicle. Police later lodged a case against the driver Babloo Soni (25).
The incidents are the latest in a series of alleged sexual assaults on minors across the country, highlight by the highly-publicised incidents at schools in Bengaluru.
Last week, the Supreme Court admitted a petition highlighting the sexual abuse of children at schools and school buses.
The public interest litigation, filed by a lawyer, has sought enactment of “strict laws” and guidelines on student safety, and fixing liability of school authorities for any sexual abuse of children on their premises.
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