A special investigation team will file a charge sheet in the rape and molestation of three minors at a tribal boarding school in Khamgaon, Buldhana district, on Saturday, said sources. A charge sheet needs to be filed within three months of the case being registered, but in most cases, the deadline is not met.
On November 3, a 10-year-old girl was found to have been raped at the tribal boarding school. Suspecting more girls might have been targeted, the state government formed an SIT to investigate the case.
A few days later, parents of five other students claimed their girls were raped at the boarding school.
Of them, one girl filed a complaint of rape and another filed a complaint of molestation. A total of 16 people were arrested in the case.
Aarti Singh, senior IPS officer, leading the SIT, said, “We have completed the investigation and will take it further. The main accused in the case is the sweeper, who sexually exploited the girls, while 15 others have been booked for not fulfilling their duties.”
The Buldhana police filed three FIRs under section 376 of the Indian Penal code (IPC) and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had said the charge sheet would be filed in a month.
During the investigation, the accused allegedly confessed to exploiting two girls sexually, denying the allegations made by the third girl.
The medical reports of the two girls confirmed rape and will act as evidence against the accused, sources said.
The state has deregistered the tribal boarding school and the tribal development department is shifting all students to boarding schools in the vicinity.
The department plans to come with a child protection policy for students of tribal boarding schools