Just two days after the gruesome murder of a 7-year-old boy from Ryan International School in Gurugram, a five-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a security guard inside the premises of school in east Delhi. Deputy Commissioner of Police of the area Nupur Prasad said the accused, identified as Vikas (40), has been arrested. Meanwhile, the Delhi government has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the alleged rape, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday. The report will be submitted within three days.
He also said that a protocol would be chalked out for all city schools to ensure the safety of students. “Shameful. Won’t be tolerated. Police doing its job. Ordered magisterial enquiry. Will develop protocol 4 all schools 2 ensure children safety (sic),” tweeted Kejriwal.
Delhi Revenue Minister Kailash Gahlot also tweeted about the incident and said that the inquiry report will be submitted in three days. “Delhi Govt orders Magisterial Enquiry headed by SDM Vivek Vihar into the rape incident of 5 year old girl of a private school in east Delhi. Report to be submitted by SDM within 3 days (sic),” Gahlot said.
The incident comes two days after a seven-year-old boy was gruesomely murdered for resisting sexual assault by a bus conductor in a Gurgaon school, which sent shock waves across the country. The police registered a case on the basis of the girl’s complaint. Vikas, the accused, had been working in the school for the last three years. The police said Vikas previously worked as a security guard in the same school.
Police said the accused would also “pick and drop students” from their homes. In a statement to the Indian Express, the police official said: “The accused had been working at the school for three years. The incident came to light on Saturday evening, when the girl’s parents approached police. Her mother told police the girl had complained of pain in her genitals.” As per police, the alleged incident took place when the girl was going to the bathroom. “The accused, who was returning after delivering food to some teachers, stopped her, took her inside a classroom, and allegedly raped her,” the officer added.
Subsequently, Vikas allegedly asked the girl to return to class and not tell anyone. “Her parents told police that she initially refused to speak to anyone when she returned home. Later, she broke down and told her parents what had happened,” an officer said, adding that she alleged she had been raped by a man “wearing a cap”.
The victim was taken to a hospital for medical examination, which confirmed she was sexually assaulted. Doctors at the hospital informed police that the girl is mentally distressed. “Police went to the school and gathered details about the accused. On the basis of the girl’s complaint, a case was registered under IPC Section 376 and relevant sections of the POCSO Act. Police are trying to ascertain if any other student was targeted in the past,” the officer said.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has issued a notice to the school seeking details of the accused’s appointment and whether his police verification was carried out. DCW chief Swati Maliwal tweeted, “1st Praduman & now dis! Wat wil parents do if horrific crime occur in schools. DCW issuing notice to this school! R team’s assisting victim (sic)”.
In the wake of the incident, Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik has directed all cops to contact all the school authorities in their areas to enhance security of children in school. He also asked DCPs to request all the schools to conduct security audit of their school and install CCTV cameras at all vulnerable areas.
(With PTI inputs)