Girl alleges molestation,special children’s school incharge booked

The Faridkot police on Sunday booked the warden of a Red Cross Society-run residential school for mentally and physically challenged girls for allegedly molesting a minor student.

Written by Amrita Chaudhry | Ludhiana | Published:May 14, 2012 3:23 am

The Faridkot police on Sunday booked the warden of a Red Cross Society-run residential school for mentally and physically challenged girls for allegedly molesting a minor student.

Sukhchain Singh,in-charge of the Umang hostel — a unit of the school — located off the Talwandi Road has been booked under Section 356 but has not been arrested as yet.

The Faridkot Deputy Commissioner,Ravi Bhagat,confirming the development said that the 17-year-old girl in a complaint alleged that the warden had molested her,“A magisterial inquiry was ordered and the district Child Development Project Officer (CDPO) conducted the probe. As per the CDPO report, the warden claimed that he had touched the girl’s stomach after she complained of stomach ache. The girl,however,claimed that she had been molested.”

However,the girl also said that the incident happened only once and was not an usual occurrence,the DC said,adding,“The complainant has been medically examined. Prima Facie there is no sign of physical assault.”

Meanwhile,the case has been referred to the district police,which filed an FIR against the warden and is conducting further inquiry.

Contacted,Roshan Lal,secretary,Red Cross Society,Faridkot,said,“The security and well being of these girls is very important and we will not allow any such incident to happen. The nature of the case is that the onus lies on the accused to prove that he is innocent. On my part,I assure the general public that the girls living here are safe.”

The complainant,meanwhile,was sent to the local Civil Hospital for medical aid and was later allowed to go back to her hostel.

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