The Bangalore school that claims “Here, a student is not a roll number but a distinct individual with his/her own uniqueness, strengths, weaknesses and cultural diversity” has to bow in shame when the news of a 4-year-old girl raped inside the premises reportedly by a teacher shocked parents and instilled fear in all the parents of a girl child.
While the police are questioning the staff members of the Orchid The International School in Bangalore, the principal has sought to assuage the feelings of agitated parents who gathered at the school on Wednesday morning. The school, in fact, obliged the recent police guidelines to install CCTVs in its premises and has handed over the footage to the police who have been thronging the premises since last night, including Bangalore Commissioner M.N. Reddi.
The principal of the school said, “We went through all the CCTV recordings, we are sure there was no outsider entry into the school. The police have examined each area of the school campus and have been provided all records for investigation. We take the safety of students very very carefully.”
“We will put all our resources and efforts to get the perpetrators of the crime whether it happens within or outside the school and we will abide by the law,” she added.
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 child’s father and the girl was admitted into a private hospital, reports said.
“I’m shocked as this school was known for its good atmosphere. I have come here to know from the management what has happened. I cannot send my child here any more,” said one agitated mother on a TV channel.
Bangalore police commissioner M.N. Reddi, who has visited the school and ordered a probe, said:”Till now no one from the management has spoken to us. There is a parents’ association which we have formed through which we are trying to approach and get answers.”
Taking cognizance of the crime, National Commission for Women chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam said, “We will take suo moto cognizance of this, but the police this time has acted fast.”
The city was rocked by similar incident in Vigyor school where a 6-year-old student was gang-raped by a sports teacher and his friends in July that has sent the entire city observe one-day bandh and stage dharna on the streets.