Nine-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by a cleaner-cum-errand boy in the campus of a Dadar school on Friday. The girl had missed her school bus and was waiting for relatives to take her home after the school’s annual cultural programme. Her class teacher, who was waiting with her, left her with the peon in the school’s staff quarter. While playing with the peon’s child, she went to the second floor of her school building to use the toilet, where the accused followed her and sexually assaulted her, some time between 7-8 pm.
The principal said the cleaner was not a school staffer, but was employed by the caterer who was also the caretaker of the school’s hall. “It was a very unfortunate incident and we will extend our full support to the police in the investigaton,” he said.
Scared, the girl returned to the ground floor and found her aunt waiting for her. “On reaching home she broke down and narrated the ordeal to her parents and aunt. The family immediately approached us and we registered the case,” added the officer. He said the accused worked for the caterer who supplied food in the school. “We are recording statements of the caterer and have also summoned t+-+he school authorities,” said the officer.
“There has definitely been an attempt to sexually assault the child,” said a doctor who didn’t want to be named. The child was examined and treated by doctors from the gynaecology and paediatrics departments respectively. “She is fine at the moment, but we decided to keep her under observation for 48 hours, mainly to assess her psychological health”
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