The chairman of Bangalore’s Vibgyor International School, where a 6-year-old girl was allegedly raped, was arrested on Wednesday morning.
Rustom Kerawalla, the chairman of the school, was arrested under various sections of IPC, Juvenile Justice Act and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), Bangalore Police Commissioner M N Reddi told reporters.
Police have invoked section 201 of IPC (causing disappearance of evidence of offence or giving false information to screen offender) against Kerawalla, he said.
This is the second arrest in connection with the case, as the police had on July 20 arrested the skating instructor of the school. The 30-year-old skating instructor, Mustafa alias Munna, was a prime suspect as the police had found child pornography videos downloaded from the internet on his laptop.
The main accused was sacked at a school earlier for “gross misconduct” with girls, the institution had disclosed, with Vibgyor High School coming in for criticism for not checking the background of its staffer.
A six-year-old child was allegedly sexually assaulted during the school hours on July 2 according to a complaint filed on July 14. The parents filed the complaint after their daughter complained of stomach ache and a doctor who was consulted stated that the child had been sexually assaulted. Though the police narrowed down to two suspects – the skating instructor and a security guard – efforts to find clinching evidence proved unfruitful.
In the backdrop of the public outcry over the case, the Congress-led government had on Monday transferred two senior police officers out of the city police commissionerate.
Bangalore police commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar was replaced by M N Reddi, who earlier served as additional director general of police (law and order) while Auradkar’s second-in-command, additional commissioner of police (law and order) Kamal Pant was replaced by Alok Kumar, who has served as the former head of the anti-terrorist unit and as inspector general of police (grievances and human rights).
(With PTI Inputs)