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Rape of wanowrie school student - In affidavit to court, father of 11-year-old seeks arrest of the two.

The incident had triggered protests by students and parents against the school management. (File) The incident had triggered protests by students and parents against the school management. (File)

The father of the 11-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped by the attendant of her school bus, has alleged that the principal and the director of the Wanowrie school were pressurising him to “settle the matter” by reaching a compromise outside the court.

In an affidavit filed before a sessions court through his lawyer Milind Pawar, the father said if the principal and the director were not arrested, they might influence the investigation. He has also sought lie-detector, narco analysis and brain mapping on the two claiming that they were “lying” that they did not know anything about the incident till they read about it in newspapers. The father said he had personally met the two and informed them about the incident in January.

The affidavit opposes the anticipatory bail application filed by the principal and the director. As per the complaint, the attendant forcibly took the girl to his house twice and raped her, with the help of the driver, in October last year.

“The applicants (principal and director of the school) and the accused (school bus attendant and driver) are conveying me the message to settle the case outside the court and are seeking a compromise. They are influencing the case and if they remain free they will create obstacles in the investigation against the accused. I am sure that if they are given anticipatory bail, they will put pressure on me and my daughter,” reads the affidavit filed by the father in the court of special judge S D Darane.

In the sworn affidavit, the father has also said though he had brought the unfortunate matter to the school administration’s notice, the latter did not take any action and also suppressed a statement given to the school teacher by the victim in January 2014.

“When I got to know about the incident from my daughter, I immediately met the principal/ director of the school; they
directed the school teacher to take down the statement of my daughter. The statement taken by the school teacher is with the school and they haven’t submitted it to the police yet. It’s important that the statement is obtained from the school…” said the father.

He said despite getting the statement, the principal and the director did not take any action against the accused. “They behaved in a way that supported the accused and on the other hand forced my daughter to leave the school. It’s important that CCTV footage of the (January 2014) meeting with the principal and the director is obtained,” said the father.

The Wanowrie police have booked the two for allegedly failing to take proper action against the attendant and the driver of the school bus. The driver-attendant duo are in judicial custody at present. The principal and the director have applied for anticipatory bail after they were booked on April 16.

Despite repeated attempts, the school chairman refused to answer phone calls.

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