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Electrician held for raping six-year-old girl at Delhi school

A police inspection of the school revealed that none of the common areas – such as the lawns, entry gates and the pump house – were under CCTV coverage. Hundreds of parents gathered at the school on Friday and staged a protest to demand measures aimed at ensuring the safety of students.

delhi Updated: Aug 11, 2018 01:25 IST
Anvit Srivastava
Anvit Srivastava
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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People take out a candlelight march to protest the increasing number of rapes across the country in Ahmedabad recently. (AP File)

An electrician has been arrested for allegedly raping a six-year-old girl on the premises of a school located near New Delhi’s Connaught Place on Wednesday, police said.

Three other employees of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), which runs the school, were also suspended in connection with the crime. These included the school headmaster, a class teacher and an assistant engineer.

A police officer told HT on the condition of anonymity that Ram Ashrey, a resident of Dwarka, took the girl – a student of Class 2 – to the school pump house at the school around 1.30 pm on Wednesday. After allegedly raping the victim, he warned her against telling anybody about the incident and left the premises.

The matter came to light the next morning, when the girl’s mother noticed that she was bleeding. The police were alerted soon after they approached the school authorities. “We got a call around 1.30 pm on Thursday. A medical examination of the girl has confirmed rape. In her statement, the victim told the police that a man wearing a red tee-shirt had taken her to the pump house. She identified Ashrey after being shown photographs of the staffers and teachers at the school. The accused was arrested the same evening,” the police officer said.

The electrician had joined the school a month ago, and police verification of his antecedents was still underway.

Joint commissioner of police (New Delhi) Ajay Chaudhry said a case has been registered under section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (rape) as well as relevant sections of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act. “The electrician has been sent to jail and the case is being probed,” Chaudhry said.

Meanwhile, hundreds of parents gathered at the school on Friday and staged a protest to demand measures aimed at ensuring the safety of its students. Additional forces were deployed to ensure law and order in the area.

A police inspection of the school revealed that none of the common areas – such as the lawns, entry gates and the pump house – were under CCTV coverage, said deputy commissioner of police (New Delhi) Madhur Verma.

A senior official of the NDMC said immediate disciplinary action was taken against other staffers as well. “The services of the junior engineer who employed the electrician have been terminated. Others – including the assistant engineer who headed the technical staff, the headmaster and a class teacher – have also been suspended from duty,” he added.

Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Swati Maliwal on Friday morning asked the Delhi Police to submit an action-taken report. The National Human Rights Commission has also taken suo motu cognisance and issued notices to the chief secretary, Government of NCT of Delhi, and the Delhi commissioner of police, seeking a detailed report on the matter within four weeks.

First Published: Aug 11, 2018 01:24 IST