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Posted at: May 26, 2019, 2:23 PM; last updated: May 27, 2019, 6:41 AM (IST)

Dhuri tense after 4-yr-old ‘raped’ in private school; accused arrested

Dhuri tense after 4-yr-old ‘raped’ in private school; accused arrested
Resident protesting outside police station at Dhuri on Sunday. — Tribune photo

Parvesh Sharma
Tribune News Service
Sangrur, May 26

Dhuri town of this district remained tense on Sunday after residents got to know about the alleged “rape” of a four-year-old girl in a local private school.

They protested in front of Dhuri city police station to press for the arrest of accused and to take his “custody” to teach him a lesson. They also deamded action against management of the school, where the alleged crime occurred. 

On Saturday, the girl along with her mother had gone to school to attend a parent-teacher meeting. The victim was playing in the park of school when the accused took her to a nearby room and allegedly raped her. In the evening when the girl complained of pain in stomach, her family took her to hospital where the doctor prescribed medicine.

Today when the victim again complained of pain, her parents got suspicious. On being asked, she narrated “bad thing” done with her by helper Kamal Kumar. Parents took the victim to Dhuri civil hospital and along with others started a protest in front of Dhuri police station.

But police neither had received any complaint nor feedback from hospital by that time. After getting information about the alleged sexual assault, Dhuri DSP Mohit Aggarwal along with other senior officers reached police station and arrested accused Kamal, who works in school as a helper.

After the arrest of the accused, the protesters demanded that he be handed over to them. The protest continued till evening and more police force was deputed in city from surrounding police stations to prevent any untoward incident.

“There must be strict action against the accused and management of school also. The state government must cancel the affiliation of school and close it permanently,” said Harpal Singh Cheema, Leader of Opposition, who along with other AAP leaders also reached at Dhuri and assured support to the parents of the victim.

Sangrur SSP Sandeep Garg said police had registered a case against accused Kamal Kumar under Sections 376 AB and started further investigations.

“During preliminary investigations, it has come to light that CCTV cameras of school were not working. Our team would conduct thorough investigation about the role of school management and none would be spared,” said the SSP.

At the time of filing of report, protest was going on in front of police station.


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