Minor sexually assaulted: Principal of Bengaluru school arrested

Principal and chairman of a Bengaluru school was arrested on Thursday after a three-year-old was allegedly sexually assaulted by the watchman there, as per reports.

Updated: Aug 06, 2015, 20:20 PM IST

Bengaluru: The principal and president of a Bengaluru school was arrested on Thursday after a three-year-old was allegedly sexually assaulted by the watchman there, as per reports.

The principal was arrested for not complying with orders issued by police on safety measures.

"Principal and the school president have been arrested for not complying with the orders issued by the Commissioner of Police (on safety measures)," Additional Commissioner of Police (Bengaluru East) P Harishekaran told PTI.

He said they have been arrested under section 188 IPC (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and section 336 IPC (Act endangering life or personal safety of others).

The incident triggered protests by parents of students who clashed with the police on August 04.

The man was arrested following a complaint filed by the parents of the victim, who identified him, Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) N Satish Kumar said.

"The victim's mother had seen the watchman making her daughter sit on his lap, hugging her and offering chocolates," he said, as per PTI.

"We have arrested the watchman of the school for allegedly sexually assaulting a three-year-old," Kumar had said.

He said the girl's parents came to know about the incident when she complained of pain in her private parts after returning from school.

She was taken for medical examination at government-run Bowring Hospital on Monday evening and a case was registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), Kumar had said.

National Commission for Women Chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam had yesterday said schools cannot absolve themselves of responsibility in cases of sexual assault on children, as she took cognisance of the incident. 

(With PTI inputs)