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Principal who abducted minor students put through potency test

Medical examination of girls confirms they were sexually abused.

By: Express News Service | Rajkot | Published: July 30, 2014 8:31:48 pm

Medical examination of the two minor girl students who were allegedly kidnapped by their principal two years ago from a school in Rajkot, has concluded that both were subjected to sexual abuse even as the Criminal Investigation Department (crime) put the accused school principal through a potency test on Wednesday.

While the two girls will be produced before Gujarat High Court on Thursday after they reportedly agreed to return to their respective parents’ home, the CID is all set to invoke charges of rape against the arrested principal.

Reports submitted by Civil Hospital, Rajkot to CID on Wednesday evening have concluded that both of the girls were habituated to sexual intercourse. The girls, both of them 17-year-old, had been sent for medical examination on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the CID, which is investigating the case, subjected the arrested principal Dhaval Trivedi to medical tests at Civil Hospital here on Wednesday. “Doctors have taken necessary samples for tests, including potency test, of Trivedi. We are likely to get reports of the examination in a couple of days,” Digvijaysinh Vaghela, deputy superintendent of police of Rajkot division of CID (crime) told The Indian Express.

Vaghela, who is investigating officer (IO) of the case, said after the medical reports the probe agency would invoke sections of rape against Trivedi. “We shall move the court on Thursday with application to add rape-related sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 in the complaint,” said the DySP.

Trivedi, the 43-year-old principal of Dr Dipchand Gardi International School in Padadhari taluka of Rajkot district, was arrested from Punjab on July 21 and the two girls were “rescued.” Trivedi had allegedly kidnapped the two Class XI girls from the residential school in Padadhari in July, 2012. The girls, both of them daughters of farmers from Devbhoomi Dwarka and Jamnagagar districts, had refused to go to their parents’ home when they were produced before the Gujarat High Court last Friday.

The court had ordered them to be sent to women protection homes in Rajkot and Jamnagar. But the CID says, during a subsequent counselling session in the protection home, the teenagers have agreed to be reunited with their parents. The agency will produce the duo before the HC on Thursday and would inform the court that the minors were willing to return home.

The girls had told the HC that they had gone with Trivedi out of their own free will and had initially insisted to go with the arrested principal. But CID officers said Trivedi’s acts amounted to rape since the girls were minor.

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