State tribal school un­der scan­ner after 10-year-old stu­dent gets preg­nant

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Faisal Ma­lik­[email protected]­dus­tan­

The preg­nancy of a 10-year-old girl from an ashramshal­a (board­ing school for tribal stu­dents) in Buld­hana dis­trict kicked up a ma­jor con­tro­versy in Ma­ha­rash­tra on Tues­day.

While the po­lice said only this girl had filed a com­plaint in the case and they are ques­tion­ing all the girls at the school, the NCP al­leged that around 10 girls were sex­u­ally ex­ploited at the Ni­naji Kokre tribal ashramshal­a in Kham­gaon, run by a pri­vate trust.

The lo­cal po­lice ar­rested 10 peo­ple — in­clud­ing trustees and staff at the board­ing school. Late on Thurs­day, a spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion team was formed un­der IPS of­fi­cer Sh­weta Khed­kar to in­ves­ti­gate the case.

The NCP al­leged the po­lice were try­ing to cover the mat­ter. The 10-year-old was found to be preg­nant when she went back home to Jal­gaon for Di­wali.

Her fam­ily took her to a doc­tor after she com­plained of stom­ach pain.

The po­lice said they have con­ducted a med­i­cal test on the girl and are await­ing re­ports. The main ac­cused was work­ing as a sweeper in the ashramshal­a and is also a for­mer stu­dent, the po­lice said.

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