One girl raped, two molested in Delhi school (Lead)

July 17th, 2008 - 8:55 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) A 10-year-old girl was raped and two were molested Thursday in their government-run school here, by two unidentified men who fled after tying their hands and legs, the police said. The victims, student of Class 2 and 4 in a school run by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi in northwest Delhi’s Ashok Vihar, had gone to the toilet in the premises during the school hours when two unidentified men, who were waiting there, caught them.

According to the police, the men had jumped the school boundary wall to enter the premises. The school is barely a stone’s throw away from the Ashok Vihar police station and the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Northwest Delhi.

The men took turns to rape the Class 4 girl. One of the three girls managed to escape while the second girl was held back by the men.

The girl who fled from the toilet rushed to the teachers and informed them about the incident.

The teachers, who went to check, found one of the girls in the toilet with her hands and legs tied. The other girl was found lying in a semi-conscious state.

The school officials called the police, who took the victims to the Sunder Lal Jain Memorial Hospital. The doctors confirmed rape on one of them.

“Doctors have confirmed rape on the 10-year-old girl. We have registered a case and are investigating the matter,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northwest Delhi) N.C. Bundela told IANS.

The news spread in the area and angry residents protested outside the school and the police station. They raised slogans against the police and the school officials.

The mother of the rape victim accused the school authorities of misrepresenting facts and mounting pressure on them to suppress the case.

“When I reached the school, a teacher told me to go away and said nothing had happened. But when we pressurised, school principal Neelam offered us money and said they would take care of the treatment expenses if we leave the matter here,” alleged the victim’s mother, a factory worker.

The school principal refused to speak to the media.

An angry protester who lives near the school said there have been many complaints of unknown people entering the school premises without any purpose but no one bothered to take any action.

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