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School manager’s sons held for assaulting hostellers

Sons of the manager of a private school in Rajendra Nagar in Lucknow were arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting its hearing impaired inmates for two years before the girls managed to complain.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow |
December 24, 2010 4:42:36 am

Sons of the manager of a private school in Rajendra Nagar in Lucknow were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly sexually assaulting its hearing impaired inmates for two years before the girls managed to complain.

Since the 15 alleged victims — seven girls,seven boys and one ex-warden — could not communicate,they could not tell anyone of their plight,said a member of an inquiry committee that went into the matter. Only recently one of the girls,a day scholar,and some boys managed to get in touch with the general secretary of the UP Sports Council of the Deaf,who in turn contacted the authorities.

Deepu and Shubham,sons of manager Kamlesh Singh,have been booked for rape and sent in 14 days’ remand.

The Saraswati Badhir Sewa Samiti School for the hearing impaired runs a boys’ and girls’ hostel on its premises,housing 35 boys and 15 girls.

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According to the general secretary of the sports council,Rajeev Kumar Sharma (also hearing impaired),the school is no more than a coaching institute and does not have the permission to run a residential school.

While not affiliated to any board,it arranges for students to take Class X board exams through private affiliated schools — a main draw for many students,including day scholars. Some of the students are associated with the sports council.

Kamlesh Singh and her family,including the two accused sons,live on the campus. “They live on the top floor while the school runs on the ground floor and the two hostels are on the first and second floor,” Sharma told The Indian Express through an interpreter.

Sharma first head of the assaults in August-September from some of the boys,and decided to send three associates inside the school to try and communicate with the girls.

“They went inside the campus on the pretext of preparing the students for a sports event,and could talk to the girls. Later,15 girls and boys sent me a written complaint,” says Sharma.

He met officials,including the District Magistrate,who formed an inquiry committee. Earlier this month,the committee submitted its report,stating that the complaint was prima facie correct.

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