Sweeper held for molesting 9-year-old girl in Panipat school’s toilet
As per the police, accused is a resident of Rakesh Nagar and was working with the school for the past three years.india Updated: Sep 22, 2017 13:32 IST
Panipat police on Friday arrested Tarun Kumar (22) for molesting a 9-year-old girl student in the toilet of The Millennium School, Panipat. Kumar was working as a sweeper in the school.
Police sources said the accused had admitted to the offence during late night interrogation and that he will be produced in court where police will seek remand for further interrogation.
As per the police, accused is a resident of Rakesh Nagar and was working with the school for the past three years.
On Thursday, the family members along with parents of other students held a protest outside the school and demanded arrest of the accused. They also sought action against school authorities for their alleged failure to ensure the safety of children. Police have also booked school principal Amita Kochhar under Section 120 B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). After the day-long protest, police took all sweepers in custody. Subsequently, one of the sweepers admitted to having committed the crime.
After the day-long protest, police took all sweepers in custody. Subsequently, one of the sweepers admitted to having committed the crime.
The incident comes a fortnight after a bus conductor allegedly killed a seven-year-old boy by slitting his throat at the Ryan International School in Gurgaon.
The parents of the girl said, “On Wednesday around 9am, we got a call from the school authorities that our daughter is crying and does not want to take the exam. We reached school and brought her home. When we changed her clothes, we noticed some scratches on her shoulder and lashes on her neck. By the evening, she told us that a sweeper in green T-shirt caught her in the toilet and tried to rape her, but she ran outside the toilet.”
However, school principal Amita Kochhar said, “I don’t know when exactly the incident took place, but before the exam she complained about vomiting and said she cannot take the exam, so we called her parents.”
She added, “Around 11 am, her mother took her home and around 5pm I got a call from her parents that they wanted to meet me urgently. Around 20 people came to my house. They narrated the incident and I immediately informed the police to ensure that the guilty is not spared. The school has extended all support to the police.” as