The Anand police has sought a Special Public Prosecutor to try a school bus conductor of a private school in Anand, arrested for penetrative sexual assault of a five year old kindergarten student, late on Wednesday. Police investigating the case said the conductor, Hasmukh Makwana, has confessed that he was sexually abusing the child for three days in order to “enjoy penetration”.
According to the police, the five-year-old kindergarten student regularly travels to her private school located on the Bakrol-Vadtal road, on which the accused Makwana, 40, is a conductor. On Wednesday, the girl returned from school as usual but her mother discovered injuries on her body while giving her a bath. Police say the girl’s mother immediately rushed to the police station after discovering a swelling on the girl’s private parts.
Anand SP Ashok Kumar said, “The girl is very small and unable to narrate what actually happened. But when her mother questioned her, she mentioned the name of the bus conductor. The girl’s mother approached the police after which the bus conductor was arrested yesterday. He has confessed that he was sexually abusing her for about three days. The preliminary medical tests have confirmed he penetrated her. We will call in the school authorities for questioning in the case.”
The school authorities are likely to be summoned even as the cops check the criminal record of the conductor. An officer of the Anand town police station said the investigators suspect Makwana has abused other young children over a period of one year, since he was working as a school bus conductor. Investigators say Makwana has revealed that he sat with the girl in his lap in the bus and penetrated her.
“He has said he committed the crime over come by lust. He thought the little girl would be unable to understand the incident or narrate it to anyone,” an officer said. Police say that Makwana, a resident of Navli taluka, was known to the family of the victim and shared a good rapport with her parents. The incident and Makwana’s confession has left the family shocked.
The Anand police had sought a Special Public Prosecutor in the case on Thursday in order to fast track the trial against Makwana, who will be produced in the local court later today. “We have booked Makwana for child abuse and sought a special public prosecutor to ensure that the trial gets underway without delay to deter other offenders from indulging in similar acts,” Kumar said.
Makwana has been booked for rape of a woman under 12 years of age, under Section 376 (f), and Section 3 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) for penetrative sexual assault.