Just after a shocking incident jolted Bangalore in July, another rape incident has sent shockwaves in the city again when a 3-year-old girl was sexually abused by a male teacher at the school near Jalahalli Cross, off Tumkur Road, on Tuesday.
When her mother came to pick her up, the girl was crying and behaving abnormally that made her mother rush to the hospital. While the school officials were not available for comment on the incident due to Diwali holidays till the weekend, police registered a complaint. The girl was subjected to medical tests and admitted to a private hospital in Yeshwantpur.
“We have registered a criminal case late Tuesday on a complaint by the victim’s father that his young daughter was sexually abused in the Orchid The International School premises,” Police Inspector T.C. Venkatesh told IANS.
The case was registered under sections 4 and 6 of the Pocso Act (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012) and section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the unidentified suspect(s).
The complaint stated that the “victim had signs of fever and complained to her mother that she was physically abused by someone she did not know or recognize,”. The complaint was filed by her father Harpreet Singh.
Taking up the case seriously, City Police Commissioner M.N. Reddi even visited the school late Tuesday with his Deputy (north) T.R. Suresh and Assistant Police Commissioner (ACP) Sarah Fatima Fatima for spot inspection and questioning the school authorities.
“We are checking the footage of the closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed in the school and questioning its staff and faculty,” said Inspector Venkatesh.
The girl’s elder brother also studies in the same school, Orchid The International School, Jalahalli. It was one of the eight campuses of the school in Bangalore, which has other branches in Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad.
Similar incident in July at the Vibgyor High school has sent Bangalore to protest on streets and observe one-day Bandh but almost everyday the stray incidents, some of them reported, while many go unreported.