A local court on Wednesday awarded five-year jail to a bus conductor who was booked for molesting a five-year-old girl student of a city-based private school last year.
He was convicted on Monday. The court of additional district and sessions judge Anshu Shukla also imposed a fine of Rs 53,000 on the accused, Jagjeet Singh (23), of Mullanpur.
The police on May 13, 2015, had arrested the accused for molesting an kindergarten student of Stepping Stones Senior Secondary School, Sector 38-A.
The matter came to light when the girl’s parents approached the school principal with a request to take action against the conductor who had committed the crime on May 7. The girl’s father alleged that the conductor was molesting her for many days, but she confided in her mother only after much coaxing.
After getting no satisfactory response from the principal, the parents approached the police.
This followed protests against the school authorities for inaction. School principal Sanjiv Kumar, however, had claimed that the conductor had been sacked. Later, the police also booked the principal and transporter Amrik Singh for failing to act promptly.
A case was registered on the recommendation of the Child Rights Commission under the provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act-2012. The commission had pointed out lapses not only on part of the school, but also transporter Amrik Singh. “It was important to fight for justice. Such people need to be exposed so that other children could be saved from the trauma,” said mother of the victim, who said she wanted harsher punishment to the accused.