Initial investigation has revealed that five girls were raped and three more molested by the principal multiple times in the last six months. Seven of the eight victims are between 13 to 16 years old, while one of them is 19 years old, said police.
“The child had slipped out of her house when Ganesh immersion processions were passing by. When her family started looking for her and couldn’t find her, they alerted the neighbours and the police,” said an officer.
On September 18, when the victim refused his advances, the accused allegedly told her — “I will show you in two days what I can do.”
In the aftermath of the rape, both girls were in a state of shock and trauma. The incident came to light after one of them complained about abdominal pain to her mother.
Threatening her of dire consequences, the accused duo again called the girl to their home on two more occasions during which she was allegedly raped.
As per the girl’s grandfather, at around 9 am on Sunday the victim’s distant uncle had come to their home to play with the victim. The accused then picked up the girl and informed her grandfather that he was taking her to a nearby shop to get her some snacks, police said.
Madhya Pradesh recently enacted a new anti-rape law that awards death penalty to those convicted of raping girls aged 12 or less.
According to the complaint, the girl was abducted when she was walking to her family’s agricultural field, around half-a-kilometre away her home, to relieve herself in the morning.
A rape case was registered at a local police station on July 1 after the victim’s mother reported the incident.
Police sources claimed they had recorded evidence of the girl saying she had been in touch with the main accused before the incident. Police sources also claimed she had told them that the bruises had been inflicted by a family member.
The accused would reportedly come into the living room of the house when his wife was busy with other chores and touch the student inappropriately.
“After sexually assaulting the girl the person even brought her back and left her at a distance of around half a kilometre from her house. She somehow went back to her house and narrated the whole incident,” SHO of Musafirkhana police station Paras Nath Singh said.
Two men, known to the victim, took her on their motorcycle on the pretext of visiting a nearby shrine, he said, adding that later eight other people joined them and all of them raped the minor.
The incident had come to light in March 2014 after a workshop on sexual harassment was organised by an NGO, Childline, in the victim’s school.
Their parents had taken the girl to a hospital, where the police was intimated. “The girl disclosed everything to her mother, who told us,” said the officer.