Student`s sexual assault: Leaders threaten to launch stir

Doubting the police theory in the alleged sexual assault of a school girl here, several political leaders today threatened to launch a massive protest if the "real" culprit was not brought to book.

Last Updated: Oct 11, 2010, 21:47 PM IST

Kanpur: Doubting the police theory in the
alleged sexual assault of a school girl here, several
political leaders today threatened to launch a massive protest
if the "real" culprit was not brought to book.

Demanding an inquiry into the alleged sexual assault of a
class VI student which resulted in her death, the politicians
said if the justice is not meted out they would take to the
streets and launch a massive protest.

On September 27, a 12-year-old student was allegedly
sexually assaulted at Bharatiya Gyan Sthali School. The girl
was sent back home along with two maids and her mother was
informed at her work place, according to the victim`s family.

The girl was admitted to a hospital where she died the
same day. 11 staff members, including the principal had been
taken into custody in this connection.

The police recently claimed to have arrested the culprit
in the case by arresting her neighbour Munna, a theory
dismissed by the victim`s family.

Police further claimed that the accused confessed to have
"raped" the girl on September 20 at his house, though the post
mortem report had earlier said the victim died due to
excessive bleeding after unnatural sex.

However, the victim`s family raised questions over this
theory as the girl died on September 27, a week after the
alleged incident according to police.

Pointing out "loopholes" in the police version, Samajwadi
Party MLA Irfan Solanki said, "police have arrested one
neighbour and hushed up the case whereas the real culprit is
still absconding".

SP representatives had also met District Magistrate
Mukesh Meshram and demanded an investigation into the case, he
said.

"The investigating officer for this case should be
replaced as he is not carrying out the investigation
properly," alleged BJP MLA Salil Bishnoi.

The District Magistrate has assured us that he will get
the case reinvestigated, he added.

The management of school is responsible for the death
of the girl, CPI(M) leader and former MP Subhasini Ali
alleged.

After the alleged incident, the school should have sent
the victim to hospital instead of her home which led to delay
and the girl died due of excessive bleeding, she said.

"District authorities have assured us regarding a fair
investigation. However, if the real culprit is not arrested,
we will come out and protest on streets," she added.

PTI