10-year-old girl raped in govt school in Shah­dara

MI­NORS AT RISK Sus­pect, a 38-yr-old daily wage worker with the EDMC, held

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NEWDELHI: A 10-year-old girl was al­legedly raped within the premises of the Shah­dara gov­ern­ment school she was study­ing in on Tues­day by a 38-yearold man em­ployed as a sweeper. The po­lice said the girl’s par­ents ap­proached the po­lice on Satur­day, after which the sus­pect was ar­rested and sent to jail.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the as­sault came to light when the girl’s health de­te­ri­o­rated, since she stopped eat­ing after re­turn­ing home from school on Tues­day.

The girl, who hails from Ut­tar Pradesh, lives at her rel­a­tive’s house in north­east Delhi, the po­lice said.

East Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion mayor Bipin Bi­hari said the ser­vices of the sus­pect, a daily wage san­i­ta­tion staff with the cor­po­ra­tion, have been ter­mi­nated with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

“Her un­cle told us that the girl re­fused to go the school on

Wed­nes­day. She had not been eat­ing since Tues­day evening and did not even go out to play. When asked, she did not tell her fam­ily any­thing. On Thurs­day, she got a fever. His un­cle told us that with the help of his col­league, he took the girl to a hos- wash­room of a school in north­east Delhi’s Karawal Na­gar. He died after be­ing taken to hospi­tal Au­gust 2017: A nine-year-old boy, study­ing in a pri­vate school in Ghazi­abad, died in sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances after he al­legedly slipped and fell in a cor­ri­dor on the sec­ond floor of the school build­ing

July 2017: A mi­nor girl was raped in a pri­vate school’s taxi in west Delhi by its driver

Jan­uary 2017: A class 2 stu­dent died mys­te­ri­ously in her school in Noida after she fell un­con­scious while par­tic­i­pat­ing in a karate com­pe­ti­tion.

pital on Fri­day. There, they found out about the sex­ual as­sault,” a po­lice of­fi­cer, not au­tho­rised to speak to me­dia, said.

The girl’s aunt then asked her about the as­sault, which is when the girl opened up and nar­rated the in­ci­dent. Deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (Shah­dara) Meghna Yadav said the girl told her fam­ily that she was dragged be­hind a wall by the man dur­ing a school break.

She said that after rap­ing her, the man also threat­ened her against dis­clos­ing the in­ci­dent to any­one at school or in her fam­ily, Yadav said.

“The po­lice ap­proached us on Satur­day. We have reg­is­tered a case of rape and the sus­pect was ar­rested from his house in north­east Delhi. Coun­selling ses­sions were ar­ranged for the vic­tim and the sus­pect has been sent to jail,” Yadav said.

In Oc­to­ber last year, a fiveyear-old girl was al­legedly raped by the driver of her school van in Delhi in Ro­hini’s Shah­bad Dairy.

In Au­gust last year, a class two stu­dent of a New Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil (NDMC) school in the up­scale Gole Mar­ket area was al­legedly raped by an elec­tri­cian on the in­sti­tute premises.

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