4-Year-Old Allegedly Assaulted Sexually In Bengaluru School

BENGALURU: A four-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted at a private school in north Bengaluru, allegedly by a member of the school’s support staff. The matter was reported to the police after the child returned home on Tuesday and complained of pain. Doctors at the MSR Ramaiah Hospital have confirmed that she has been sexually assaulted. The formal medical report is pending.

The police say they suspect that one of the guards was involved and they are waiting for the child to recover and identify the accused.All five guards of the school, located in Dasarahalli area close to the city outskirts, have been detained for questioning after the complaint by parents.

Cases will also be filed against the school management for negligence, the police said.

The school has CCTV cameras and maintains all the prescribed security norms. But it is not known whether police verification of the support staff, which is part of the security guidelines for the city’s schools, has been conducted.

Security of children at schools has become a matter of huge concern after a child was found murdered at a school in the Millennium City last week. Hundreds of parents have been holding protests in Mumbai and Gurgaon, near Delhi, outside the various branches of the school.

Seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur, a student of Ryan International School, was found in the toilet on Friday with his throat slit. The police have arrested a conductor of the school bus. They say he tried to sexually assault the boy and killed him when he resisted.

Today, Union ministers Maneka Gandhi and Prakash Javadekar were to hold a meeting with senior government officials to chalk out a security protocol for schools this morning, but it has been postponed.


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