11 arrested for 10-year-old girl’s ‘rape’ in Maharashtra school, victim pregnant
The police are on the lookout for two more accused in the alleged rape of a 10-year-old girl at a boarding school for tribal students in Buldhana area of northern Maharashtra, state director general of police Satish Mathur said on Friday.india Updated: Nov 04, 2016 17:13 IST
The police are on the lookout for two more accused in the alleged rape of a 10-year-old girl at a boarding school for tribal students in Buldhana area of northern Maharashtra, state director general of police Satish Mathur said on Friday.
So far, the police have arrested 11 people in the case where a sweeper who works in the school — locally called ashramshala — is the main accused. The police are verifying whether more students of the institution were sexually assaulted, the DGP told a media conference in Mumbai.
Suspicions that ten more students of the ashramshala were being raped for weeks have turned the case into a political row as well.
A Special Investigation Team under an SP-rank officer is investigating the case, which has been registered under the IPC and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
“One accused, who lives in the school campus, has played an active role in the crime. The other accused were aware about the incident, but they did not inform the police,” Mathur said.
The incident came to light this week after a local sarpanch informed the police. During subsequent police verification at the ashramshala, a student came forward, alleging sexual harassment.
Police said on Thursday that the victim went home for Diwali and complained of stomach pain, which authorities confirmed as pregnancy.
The Buldhana ashramshala is among 1,000 similar schools across the state, run either directly by the state government or by trusts supported it supports financially. Together, these institutions have 445,000 students, 200,000 of them girls.