Sexual assault of minor girl confirmed, says police chief
Bangalore: The sexual assault on a three-and-half-year-old girl student at a school here has been confirmed by doctors, as police today intensified the probe into the horrific incident which evoked protest from parents.
The school staff members were questioned and the CCTV footage was being examined by the police, as outraged parents thronged the campus of Orchid International School demanding answers from its authorities on the incident.
“The doctors (at a private hospital where the girl was taken for treatment yesterday) confirmed there was a slight bruise of a very small dimension, amounting to sexual assault,” Bangalore Police Commissioner M N Reddi told reporters here.
Reddi said, “There is the statement of the child and the injury and the circumstances. At this point of time, there is no other possibility. It looks like a sexual assault.”
A criminal case has been registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012 and IPC section 376 (rape) on a complaint from the father of the child, he said.
This is the third incident of a minor girl student being allegedly sexually assaulted on school campus in the city in the last four months.
Reddi said the girl was crying when her mother picked her up from the school at Jalahalli yesterday noon and she was not behaving normal and had symptoms of fever.
While the girl initially told her mother that someone beat her up, she later said she was sexually assaulted, police said.
Reddi said it was difficult for the police to say they are clueless whether the crime happened on the school premises or outside. “Our objective is to detect the case and investigate fairly. It would be difficult for me to tell you we are clueless,” he said.
Asked about the school management clarifying that the assault took place outside the school campus, Reddi said the police would conduct a thorough investigation despite varied opinions about the crime.
“We have spoken to all possible people including the school management….the police will do a professional investigation,” he said.