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Woman held for ‘sexual abuse’ of minor girl inside preschool washroom in Ghaziabad

According to the complaint lodged by the girl’s parents, the incident took place in the school on Thursday. When the girl returned home, she complained to her mother about severe pain in her private parts and started crying.

delhi Updated: Feb 02, 2018 23:37 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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The Ghaziabad police on Friday arrested a 38-year-old female peon of a preschool in Sahibabad after she allegedly sexually assaulted a three-and-a-half-year-old girl inside the school washroom. (AFP)

The Ghaziabad police on Friday arrested a 38-year-old female peon of a preschool in Sahibabad after she allegedly sexually assaulted a three-and-a-half-year-old girl inside the school washroom.

The woman is a mother of six children, including four daughters.

According to the complaint lodged by the girl’s parents, the incident took place in the school on Thursday. When the girl returned home, she complained to her mother about severe pain in her private parts and started crying.

“When I took her to the washroom before going to bed at night, she again complained of severe pain. She told me that ‘...aunty’ (the accused) beat her and put two fingers inside her private parts. The woman threatened to lock her inside the school washroom if she spoke to anybody about the incident,” the girl’s mother said in her complaint.

Her parents approached the police on Friday and lodged a complaint upon after which a case of sexual harassment was lodged at the Sahibabad police station under IPC section 354A and under provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act .

Her father, who works at an IT company, said this was the third incident of sexual abuse with her child in the school.

“My daughter was subjected to abuse on Monday and later on Thursday when she complained of severe pain. After we inquired more, she told us that she was subjected to a similar abuse by the same woman last summer. That time too she developed complications. When we took her to school along with the police, she pointed at the woman who had abused her,” her father said.

The police arrested the woman, who has been working with the school for the past four years. The girl has been studying in the preschool for over a year.

“The woman was produced in court and the girl sent for medical examination. The woman admitted to the incident but it was not clear why she subjected the girl to torture,” said Rakesh Kumar Singh, station house officer, Sahibabad.

The police said that the incident took place inside the school washroom.

Officials of the preschool told Hindustan Times they would send the principal’s response on the incident. But a comment was awaited when the edition went to print.

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First Published: Feb 02, 2018 23:37 IST