October 25, 2017 2:51:08 am
An 11-year-old Nigerian national studying in a school in Greater Noida was allegedly sexually assaulted by a bookseller working at the school, police said Tuesday. According to a senior police officer from Noida Police, the boy — whose father is Nigerian and mother Indian — was being “sexually assaulted for the past four years”. Police said they have arrested the accused. Police said a case was registered against the accused at Surajpur police station. “The accused has been working at the school for the past five years. We looked into details of the accused, including the location of his residence, and contacted his family members before making the arrest,” said a senior police official familiar with the investigation.
According to police, the case came to light when the boy, who studies in Class VI, finally gathered the courage to report the alleged sexual assault to his parents. “The first time the assault took place, the boy was in Class III,” the officer said. According to the complaint filed by the boy’s parents, their son seemed particularly upset on Monday. When the mother asked him what was wrong, he started crying and eventually opened up about the alleged sexual assault.
Girish Kumar Kotiya, Station House Officer, Surajpur police station, told The Indian Express that after the boy’s parents registered a complaint, police immediately contacted the school administration. Police said a case was registered under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 3/4 of the POCSO Act. “We took the boy to a local hospital for a medical check-up,” said SP City Suniti Singh.
However, sources claimed that since the most recent incident took place in September, the medical report could not confirm sexual assault. “The boy has alleged that the sexual assault had been going on for some time. We are yet to take the boy for counselling. While an FIR has been registered, we have not yet formally taken the statement of the boy. We will do it in the presence of Child Welfare Committee officials and will then send him for further counselling,” said a police officer. Police said the boy and his family have been living at an upscale residential society in Greater Noida for the last five years.
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