Drugged, sodomised: Mayo College student accuses seniors of sexual abuse, director says don’t prejudge
The Ajmer police registered a case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act after a class 11 student complained of sexual abuse by some class 12 students.jaipur Updated: Aug 03, 2018 08:42 IST
Mayo College director Lt Gen (retired) SH Kulkarni on Thursday wrote to parents of the school’s students requesting them not to prejudge the case of alleged sexual abuse of a class 11 student by some class 12 students until the police complete their probe. He requested them not to share information on social media that may inadvertently reveal the student’s identity.
Kulkarni’s appeal came two days after the student’s father filed a first information report (FIR) in Ajmer on Tuesday, accusing six class 12 boarders at one of the country’s top boarding school of sexually abusing his son between July 10 and 20. HT has seen the FIR. The school management committee is a co-complainant in it.
“Please do not form judgments about the case till the police complete their investigation,” Kulkarni wrote, citing media reports “about a student being bullied and sexually harassed by a group of fellow students”. Kulkarni wrote the accused are minors and hence “the highest level of confidentiality needs to be maintained”.
The Ajmer police registered a case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act after the father’s complaint. Pocso is a stringent gender-neutral law, which also criminalises abetment of child sexual abuse and makes the trial process easier.
The police refused to share details on the investigation.
Kulkarni cited the law and added that it lays down certain types of alleged offences that need to be reported to the police. Kulkarni insisted the school promptly took all steps required under the law. “The Code of Conduct of the school clearly spells out the policy guidelines to be followed. In addition, senior students sign an undertaking regarding their expected conduct.”
Kulkarni wrote that the school is cooperating fully with the police probe.
The father in the FIR alleged the seniors’ took his son to a washroom and took turns in sexually abusing him after barging into his room and forcing him to drink alcohol and take drugs on July 10.
“Each time they sexually abused my son, they forced him to take drugs. They threatened him of dire consequences if he reported the incident to anyone,” the father wrote in the FIR.
The alleged abuse continued until July 26 when the boy told his parents about it. “He is under great distress and is deeply disturbed. This was his first year in the boarding school,” the FIR quoted the father as saying.
First Published: Aug 03, 2018 08:28 IST