Published: Sat, November 25, 2017
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

Four-year-old boy accused of 'raping' classmate in India

Four-year-old boy accused of 'raping' classmate in India

"All necessary actions are being taken to help the investigating agency to probe the alleged incident", the schools legal adviser S Rajapa said.

The mother told TOI that her daughter had been writhing in pain ever since she returned from school, but narrated her ordeal only before going to sleep as she feared she would be sent to school the next morning where she would face the boy. The girl kept complaining sporadically, but the mother ignored it thinking it was "one of her tantrums".

After this, the parents first approached the school. "This is due to the teacher's irresponsible behaviour", said she. The mother said that she then took her child to a south Delhi hospital, where doctors confirmed the assault.

The police said they had registered a case under POCSO act, based on the complaint made by the girl's mother in which she stated that her daughter was allegedly sexually assaulted by a boy in her class. "We are examining those provisions even as we are handling the matter with utmost sensitivity", Dependra Pathak, Delhi Police's chief spokesperson. According to the statement by girl's mother, the girl complained of pain in her abdomen after returning from school on Friday (November 22).

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According to the police, the minor victim was sexually assaulted by her classmate in the school's classroom as well as the bathroom in the absence of staff.

Her mother said the boy unbuttoned her daughter's trousers, touched her bloomers and put his finger inside.

Dr. Samir Parikh, the director of Fortis Healthcare's department of mental health and behavioral sciences told Hindustan Times, an Indian newspaper: "We must understand that it is absolutely not possible for a 4-year-old to understand sexual behavior". She informed the school again on Saturday, but the authorities allegedly did not cooperate with her and instead asked her to give a written complaint on Monday.

The mother of the victim is demanding action against school for dereliction of duties but no case of criminal negligence has been registered against the school so far. Is there a possibility of a sexual need being fulfilled in his case?

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