Bengaluru: Three-year-old raped at school in Indiranagar

Bengaluru (DHNS): A three-year-old-girl, whose parents are from the Northeast, was sexually abused at her school in Indiranagar on Monday.

Around 12.30 pm, the girl’s mother went to the school to pick her and her elder sister who studies in the same institution. The three-year-old was crying inconsolably. After they reached home, the woman took the younger child to the toilet, as she used to do every day after bringing her home from school. But, on Monday, the child didn’t allow her mother to remove her clothes. But when she removed the child’s undergarments, she found that her private parts were swollen, a sourceclose to the family told Deccan Herald.

The woman alerted her husband as well as people from her community from Manipur who live in Bengaluru. A community leader brought the matter to the notice of the police.

The Indiranagar police suspected the sexual assault took place inside the school campus. When asked repeatedly, the girl just said, “school, uncle,” a senior police officer said. The incident occurred around 12.30 pm and the child was brought to Bowring Hospital at 4.30 pm for medical examination. The medical report would be available on Tuesday, he said. “Investigation is going on. The child is not in a position to speak. It is not yet confirmed whether the sexual abuse as such had taken place. Only a medical report will establish that. We are ascertaining if the incident as such had happened, whether it had happened on the school premises or outside,” Additional Commissioner of Police (East) P Harishekharan said.

Police would check whether the school had followed child safety guidelines issued by the police commissioner about a year ago after a six-year-old girl was raped at a school in Marathahalli.

T Michael Lamjathang Haokip, president, Thadou Students’ Association in Bengaluru, claimed that Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) N Satheesh Kumar was “rude and non-cooperative” when he called him up. Even the Indiranagar police inspector Manjunath Shetty was non-cooperative, he said.

Thadou is a tribe in Manipur. When the girl was brought to Bowring Hospital for medical examination, the inspector spoke rudely and said “such an incident can happen anywhere, even on the roadside,” drawing the ire of those who accompanied the girl’s family, Haokip said.

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