New Delhi: A four-year-old girl was sexually assaulted allegedly by her classmate in a school in Dwarka, south west Delhi.
The case came to light after the minor broke down and told her mother about the incident. The girl said the boy used a sharpened pencil to assault her.
The mother told CNN-News18 that initially, when the child complained of pain in her private parts, she ignored it thinking it to be one of her tantrums. When her complaint continued, she asked her the reason.
The child broke down and graphically described what her fellow classmate did to her in the absence of the class teacher.
The mother said she texted the class teacher and co-ordinator to inform them about the incident, but they did not take it seriously.
She then took the child to a pediatrician who suggested she get a medical examination done. Once the sexual assault was confirmed, she was asked to file a case.
A case of rape under section 376 of Indian Penal Code and section 21 of the Protection of Children From Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act has been filed by Delhi Police on a complaint submitted by the girl's mother.
In the complaint, the mother said, “She (the girl child) started crying and narrated the shocking details. Her classmate touched her and put his finger inside… There was no teacher or aaya around. It took her long to fix the hook of her pants.”
According to the mother, the incident took place twice the same day in the bathroom and in the classroom. "The school is not taking the case seriously."
The mother said that the teacher she texted told her to speak to the school co-ordinator and principal, and send a written complaint to the mail ID.
“The school principal appeared casual about the entire incident as if I was reporting a loss of my child's belonging or talking of any physical injury. She asked me to speak to the counsellor and assured that the school authorities would meet on Monday morning to resolve the issue as it was a Sunday, the school can't be opened,” she told CNN News 18.
On Monday, after the FIR was lodged, the little child showed the scene of crime and pointed out that there was no teacher around in the classroom. She narrated the event before the metropolitan magistrate, without changing her words or sequence of events, the mother claimed.
The mother herself saw the CCTV footage corroborating the version of the kid. “The teacher's negligence is also very clearly visible. I paid a bomb as school fee, handed them my child hoping that she is safe in school, what is considered a second home, in the custody of her second mother, teacher, only to be let down,” she said.
DCP Southwest Shibesh Singh told CNN-News18 that the matter is under investigation. “We have filed an FIR on the basis of the complaint received. As per law, the investigation will be carried forward,” he said.
However, the IPC provides children below the age of seven some protection against prosecution. The girl has been provided counselling. The police is speaking to school authorities as well.