Students of two schools in Jaipur had a tough time on Tuesday after drivers of autos and vans hired by the schools went on a flash strike to protest the arrest of a driver for allegedly molesting a minor girl student.
The parents of students received a message on their mobile phones from Warren Academy and Turtle School informing them that van and auto drivers were not picking up their children. Some students had already boarded autos and vans when the message reached their parents.
On Monday, the father of a 8-year-old girl studying in Warren Academy lodged a case at the Shyam Nagar police station against auto driver Rajendra Singh for allegedly molesting his daughter four days ago. Singh was promptly arrested.
Shyam Nagar station house officer Sudhir Kumar Upadhyay said the driver was booked under Section 354 (molestation) of the IPC and Section 8 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).
“My daughters returned home half an hour after she had left for school. The auto driver said he received information about strike when I reached Assembly,” said Santosh Sharma, whose two girls are in prep and Class 6 in Warren Academy.
“When I received the message, I called up the school to find out if my son had reached the school or not. No one answered. It took me an hour to find out his whereabouts,” Satyanarayan Sharma, whose daughter is also in Class 6.
Parents of Turtle School, which is owned by the same management, also faced similar problems. “Many parents came to us on Tuesday morning complaining about the auto strike,” Kiran Rajawat, principal, Turtle, Mahesh Nagar.
Hindustan Times made several attempts to contact the Warren Academy’s management but couldn’t get a reaction. School director Amit Sogani kept his mobile phone switched off. Message sent to him remained unanswered.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Jaipur South) Manish Agarwal said the girl’s uncle and the school management have filed cases against each other.