5 more girls at state tribal school may have been sex­u­ally as­saulted


Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Faisal Ma­lik

MUM­BAI: A day af­ter the govern­ment formed a spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion team (SIT) to probe how a 10-year-old from a tribal board­ing school in Buld­hana dis­trict got preg­nant, the par­ents of five more girls have stepped for­ward to say they sus­pect their daugh­ters were sex­u­ally ex­ploited.

Tribal de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter Vishnu Savara said they sus­pect all six girls were sex­u­ally ha­rassed and med­i­cal tests will be con­ducted to as­cer­tain this. He also de­clared the board­ing school run by a pri­vate trust will be dere­cog­nised and 10 of the ar­rested staff mem­bers have The is­sue of tribal board­ing school stu­dents be­ing ha­rassed across the state had been brought to guv Ch Vidyasagar Rao’s no­tice

been sus­pended. The po­lice have ar­rested 11 peo­ple in the case so far. The main ac­cused is a sweeper at the school. Two sus­pects are still on run. San­jay Baviskar, su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice (SP) Buld­hana con­firmed the five girls are be­ing ques­tioned by po­lice­women. “Se­nior IPS of­fi­cer of sex­ual harass­ment of girl stu­dents... had oc­curred at tribal board­ing schools in the past few years. A team of se­nior lady of­fi­cers may be con­sti­tuted at state level, which can be sup­ported by teams at dis­trict level...”


Aarti Singh and ad­di­tional SP Shweta Khed­kar, who is head­ing the SIT, are ques­tion­ing the girls. We have not re­ceived any for­mal com­plaint from their fam­i­lies,” Baviskar told HT.

The is­sue of tribal board­ing school stu­dents be­ing sex­u­ally ha­rassed across the state had pre- vi­ously been brought to gov­er­nor Ch Vidyasagar Rao’s no­tice. The gov­er­nor had last week re­quested CMDeven­draFad­nav­is­to­takecog­ni­sance of the mat­ter, but the state took ac­tion only af­ter the 10-year old’s case sur­faced, sources said.

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