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4-yr-old’s sexual assault: Child rights panel summons school principal, 3 staff member

SNS | New Delhi |

The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) has summoned the principal and three staff members of a private school in Delhi, where a four- year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by her classmate.

The commission is in receipt of a complaint regarding the sexual assault of a minor in your school during school hours. “Considering the seriousness of the matter you are asked to appear before the commission on November 27 and bring along the two teachers concerned and the ‘aaya’,” the notice issued to the school read.

The child rights commission has also issued a notice to the police station’s SHO seeking an action taken report within seven days.

‘Sexual assault’ by classmate

A four-year-old boy was booked by Delhi police for ‘raping’ his classmate in a private school in south-west Delhi. The incident reportedly occurred on 17 November.

The case has been lodged against the boy, who is likely to be the youngest accused under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and Section 376 of Indian Penal Code.

According to media reports, the minor victim was allegedly sexually assaulted by the boy with sharpened pencils and his fingers. Later, the girl went home and narrated her ordeal to her mother, after she kept complaining of abdomen pain.

According to media reports, the four-year-old girl said the boy from her class unbuttoned her pants and used his fingers to assault her in the classroom and washroom of the school.

She was taken to a hospital, where doctors confirmed sexual assault on her. A medical-legal was made first and later a police case was registered against the four-year-old boy at the Dwarka south police station.

Family allege negligence by school

The mother of the girl has also alleged inaction by school authorities, she had complained to a schoolteacher via a ‘text messages’ regarding the incident and the school reportedly did not assist the family.

The school authorities even refused to share any details of the four-year-old boy and his family

She was later told by the authorities to file a written complaint on Monday, according to media reports.

However, the school authorities denied the allegations of negligence and non-cooperation in the complaint filed by the mother.

“We are cooperating with the police, and the video footage and other evidence sought from us have been provided to them. All necessary actions are being taken to help the investigating agency to probe the alleged incident,” the school’s legal adviser S Rajapa said.

(With agency inputs)