State tribal school shut; four more held for sexual assault HOW THE CRIME CAME TO LIGHT
The Maharashtra government on Saturday closed down the Buldhana tribal boarding school where six minor girls were allegedly sexually exploited by members of the staff.
Four more people, including a former sarpanch of the village, have been arrested for their involvement.
Sources said the school’s 400odd students will be shifted to government-run ashramshalas close by.
Rajagopal Devara, secretary, tribal development department, confirmed the development.
“Rajeev Jadhav, commissioner for tribal development, issued orders for cancelling the school’s registration and suspending the employees,” Devara told HT.
Vijaya Rahatkar, the chairperson of the state women’s commission, visited the school and met the survivors. She said all accused staffers were suspended and that the rape case against them will be tried in a fast-track court.
PM Narendra Modi will in December lay the foundation stone for the BJP-led state government’s grand mid-sea memorial for the Maratha king Shivaji.
The move comes at a time the state is trying to pacify the Maratha community that has been protesting statewide for reservations. CM Devendra Fadnavis has indicated the construction of the memorial is likely to begin early next year.