Bengaluru: In the third such incident in the past four months, a three-year-old girl student was allegedly sexually abused inside a private school here, police said.
“A three-year-old girl studying in nursery class was allegedly sexually abused here,” joint commissioner (crime) Hemant Nimbalkar said.
Sexual assault on the girl has been confirmed by doctors, as police on Wednesday intensified the probe into the incident which evoked protest from parents.
The school staff members were questioned and the CCTV footage was being examined by the police, as outraged parents thronged the campus of Orchid International School demanding answers from its authorities on the incident.
“The doctors (at a private hospital where the girl was taken for treatment yesterday) confirmed there was a slight bruise of a very small dimension, amounting to sexual assault,” Bengaluru police commissioner M.N. Reddi told reporters here.
Mr Reddi said, “There is the statement of the child and the injury and the circumstances. At this point of time, there is no other possibility. It looks like a sexual assault.”
According to the complaint lodged with Jalahalli Police Station, the girl was crying when her mother picked her up from school, was not behaving normally and had symptoms of fever.
While she initially told her mother that someone beat her up, she later said that she was sexually abused, police said. A criminal case has been registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012 and IPC section 376 (rape) on a complaint from the child’s father.
The incident triggered protests from parents who gathered at the campus seeking answers from the authorities of the “international” school.
“I’m shocked that the incident has happened in this school where the atmosphere was so good, I have come here to know from the management what has happened. I have been here before, security is good here,” parent of a child studying in the school said.