A 4-year-old-boy has been booked for raping a classmate inside the classroom as well as the washroom of a prominent private school in west Delhi on Friday.
The incident came to light when the girl, told her mother that the boy used his finger and a sharpened pencil to carry out the sexual assault which caused injuries to the girl’s private parts, the mother of the girl said.
The girl mother further stated that she rushed to the hospital with her child where a medico-legal case was made following which the case was registered. She further alleged that no one was present at the time of the assault in the classroom or washroom.However, the school lawyer has contradicted it saying an ayah is present every time in the washroom, reports Hindustan Times.
Legal experts have been consulted and since there was an offence and a victim, a case of rape was registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual offences (POCSO) act, the deputy commissioner of police told Hindustan Times.
Although a case has been registered, the matter seems very confusing and complicated and the police are unsure on how to go ahead with the proceedings because of the suspect’s age.
“The Indian Penal Code (IPC) provides children below seven years of age certain protections against prosecutions. We are examining those provisions even as we are handling the matter with utmost sensitivity,” said Dependra Pathak, Delhi Police’s chief spokesperson.
The mother alleged she informed the school authorities but they did not take any action.
“The principal refused to share details of the boy or his family. When a parent sends her child to a school, her safety lies in the hands of the school. But, in our case, the school behaved as if it was a case of loss or damage to their property,” said the mother.
“The school needs to be booked under the POCSO Act for negligence in letting something like this happen in the classroom. This is due to the teacher’s irresponsible behaviour,” she added.
Based on a complaint filed by the mother, police have registered a case under relevant provisions of the law at the Dwarka (South) police station.
Investigators have however confirmed that they will strictly the case and legal action would be taken against the boy. “This is likely to be the youngest to have been booked under Section 376 (rape) of the IPC and also under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act,” said a police official.
The school administrations has been booked for alleged negligence, they said.