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Magisterial probe says rape of 3-yr-old inside Greater Noida school of ‘civil nature’

The magistrate had ordered an inquiry to identify the reasons and people to be held responsible.

noida Updated: Aug 28, 2018 12:42 IST
Preety Acharya
Preety Acharya
Hindustan Times, Noida
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The district magistrate had ordered an inquiry into the matter to identify the reasons and people responsible for the incident.(Samir Jana/ Hindustan Times)

A magisterial inquiry into the alleged rape of a three-and-a-half-year-old girl inside a Greater Noida school said prima facie, the incident was of a ‘civil nature’.

This essentially means that the management or the principal don’t have any direct connection with the crime or the criminal.

The district magistrate had ordered an inquiry into the matter to identify the reasons and people responsible for the incident. “Civil nature in this particular case means that the involvement of the management is not of a criminal nature. It means that the management didn’t have any direct connection with the criminal or the crime. But my final conclusion will come only after going through the reply of the management,” Gautam Budh Nagar district magistrate, BN Singh, said.

Singh has asked for the reply of the school management on a certain point that came up during the inquiry. “We are waiting for their reply on certain points mentioned in the report. We will come to a final conclusion after getting the school’s reply,” he said.

On July 14, a lifeguard working at the swimming pool of a private school in Greater Noida was arrested for the alleged rape of the three-and-a-half-year-old girl in the school’s premises. Angry parents had, however, demanded that the principal of the school be also booked in the matter. The police probe, which is currently continuing, is separate from the magisterial inquiry.

The Gautam Budh Nagar police last week added the names of the class teacher and the principal in the FIR under relevant sections of the Protection of Children against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The police are now taking legal advice on whether to arrest the two or not.

Aashish Shrivastava, SP (rural) said, “The magisterial inquiry is different from our investigation. Our legal advisors are yet to submit their report on whether the case warrants the arrest of the teachers.”

First Published: Aug 28, 2018 12:41 IST