Delhi school rape: ‘Vikas uncle often threatened to take us to his home’
No mandatory verification by Delhi Police or background check was done on the school peon accused of raping a five-year-old girl, the principal told Hindustan Times.delhi Updated: Sep 11, 2017 11:20 IST
A day after 40-year-old Vikas Jaiswal was arrested for allegedly raping a five-year-old inside a school in Gandhi Nagar, a bunch of other children enrolled at the institution have alleged that the suspect was notorious for harassing women staffers and threatening girl students.
“Vikas uncle visited our classroom once a week. He would approach one of us and jokingly threaten to take us home with him. We tried to avoid him as he usually spoke very rudely to us,” said a girl student.
Another child alleged that Jaiswal would often be seen “hitting” women staffers, much to their discomfort. “One staff even started crying once,” said another child.
However, the school principal claimed that there was not a single complaint against Jaiswal in the last two years that he worked here. “He worked with other schools in this neighbourhood before we took him to guard our school buildings, ferry students to and from school on a rickshaw and do odd jobs,” said the principal.
DCP (Shahdara), Nupur Prasad, said no complaint at the local police stations had been received against Jaiswal either. “But we are speaking to other students to know if he had assaulted anyone earlier,” said the DCP.
However, no mandatory police verification or background check on Jaiswal was done, the principal confessed while speaking to Hindustan Times. “We had collected his Aadhaar card copy and address proof. This is the first such case in the school since it began functioning in 1982,” he said.
A native of Jharkhand, the accused lived in the same neighbourhood with his wife, teenage daughter and a son. The police will also get in touch with two previous schools, where Jaiswal worked at, to know if there were any complaints against him.
DCPs told to conduct safety audit
Delhi Police commissioner, Amulya Patnaik, has directed district DCPs to get the security and safety audit done of the schools under their jurisdiction. “The schools will have to install CCTV cameras at all vulnerable points, get police verification done of every employee and hire people only from authorised agencies,” said Dependra Pathak, Delhi Police spokesperson, quoting the CP.
The security audit would involve checking if there is any time when the children are left unattended, whether they are handed over to their parents under supervision and the list of areas the children and teachers have access to.