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Buldhana Shame: 11 Including Seven Teachers Arrested For Allegedly Raping Minor Students

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11 persons have been arrested from Buldhana area of Maharashtra for allegedly raping 12 minor tribal students of Ninadhi Ashram school on late Thursday night.

Maharashtra: 11 persons have been arrested from Buldhana area of Maharashtra on late Thursday night in connection with the rape of a tribal minor student of Ninadhi Ashram school.

Shockingly, out of those arrested seven are said to be teachers and the remaining four are the staffers of the school.

Sources also claim that three out of the total 12 girls, who are believed to be in the age group of 12-14 years, are suspected to be pregnant.

The girls informed their families about the assault on returning home for Diwali holidays.

A special investigation team has been formed under senior IPS officer to probe the matter.

The police have told CNN-News18 that so far only one complainant has come forward, though locals have alleged that there are at least a dozen victims of sexual abuse in the school.

The police said, "A cleaning staff in the school is the alleged perpetrator and the remaining have been arrested for not reporting the crime despite knowing about it."

A case has been registered against the main accused under IPC 376 (rape) and POCSO (Protection of children from sexual offences act) whereas, remaining ones have been charged under sections of POCSO.

To take the probe further, the victim has been sent for a medical examination.

Meanwhile, Buldhana police said that it is yet to be medically verified if the victim is pregnant or not.

Earlier, the police was accused of trying to suppress the issue and a case was registered only after pressure was build up on the officials.

However, till now, the state has not interfered or reacted to the matter.

A victim, in her statement, has claimed that there are many other girls who have been raped.

first published:November 04, 2016, 08:59 IST