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2 held for assaulting disabled hostellers

Sons of private school manager in Rajendra Nagar here were arrested.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | December 24, 2010 2:29:41 am

Sons of private school manager in Rajendra Nagar here were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly sexually assaulting its hearing impaired inmates for two years before they 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 UP Sports Council of the Deaf general secretary Rajeev Kumar Sharma (also hearing impaired),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.

Sharma said 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 — main draw for many,including day scholars. Some of the students are associated with the sports council.

Kamlesh Singh and her family,including the two 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 floors,” Sharma told The Indian Express through an interpreter.

After receiving the complaint,Sharma met officials,including the District Magistrate,who formed an inquiry committee.

Earlier this month,the committee submitted its report,stating the complaint was prima facie correct.

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