An LKG student of a reputed south Kolkata school was allegedly molested on November 3. The incident took place when children from G D Birla Centre for Education of Ranikuthi were participating in a cultural programme along with students of two other schools at Rabindra Sarobar Stadium.
According to the complaint, the six-year-old girl was molested on her way to washroom by the driver and the helper of a Volvo bus, hired by the school to ferry the students to the venue. The child had complained about the incident to the school maid, who earlier had asked the accused to accompany her to the washroom. She, however, did not pay heed to it, police said.
When the girl returned home, she was bleeding profusely and had to be treated at a private hospital. Her parents met the school authorities with a medical report of the child the next day, but the school allegedly tried to hush up the incident on the grounds that it might tarnish the school’s reputation and also affect the child’s future.
The school authorities had assured the parents of an internal inquiry into the incident and allegedly asked them not to file a police complaint. The authorities, however, did not take any action against the accused, forcing the several parents to protest in front of the school on Monday morning. Initially, the school refused the allegations, but later conceded that such an incident was reported to them.
Vijaya Bharadwaj, vice principal of the school, said, “The aayah (maid) has been suspended, and police have been intimated about the incident. We are also carrying out an internal inquiry.” A press statement later issued by the school said it had conducted a thorough internal probe to identify the offender, but the allegations were found “contradictory”. “The school management is and will continue to extend full cooperation. The school is also making extra security arrangement in all the buses,” it said.
The school authorities also said the matter had been brought to the notice of officials of Jadavpur Police Station. Santosh Pandey, DC (south suburban division) said, “We have started an inquiry. We hope there will be an identification within two days.”
State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said he had sought a complete report of the incident from the school authorities.