Bangalore school principal, trustee held in 6-yr-old's sex abuse case

Bangalore school principal, trustee held in 6-yr-old's sex abuse case

Two days after a six-year-old girl was sexually assaulted at The Indiranagar Cambridge School, the managing trustee and the principal were arrested on Saturday by the Jeevan Bima Nagar police.

According to the police, managing trustee Pramod Arya and principal Vyjayanthi were arrested for failing to implement safety guidelines.

A senior police officer said: “The duo have been booked under Sections 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and 336 (Act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the IPC. They were questioned for more than two hours along with the vice-principal and other staff.

“They were questioned mainly about the accused Jaishankar’s behaviour in the school. They were also asked about the kind of safety measures in place for safeguarding the students and why had they not followed the guidelines issued by the police.”

The police said the accused was subjected to medical examination and the victim would be asked to again identify him by showing her the photographs before counsellors.

Another police officer said, “For now, all arrested are being questioned and may be produced before the magistrate after receiving orders from the higher officials.”

The police action did not stem protests. Several women’s organisations and parents of students studying at The Indiranagar Cambridge School continued with their demonstration. Protesting parents demanded a change in the school uniform from skirts to salwar kameez.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, K Ganesh, a parent who participated in the protest, said: “At present, the dress code requires girls to wear skirts. Parents collectively wanted it to be changed to salwar kameez.”

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