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School rape: AAP govt seeks transfer of case to crime branch

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today wrote to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, seeking transfer of the case of sexual assault of a five-year-old schoolgirl in Gandhi Nagar from local police to the crime branch for a "fair probe", an official said today.

The move comes after Home and Health Satyendar Jain received complaints through Gandhi Nagar Anil Bajpai about alleged "inaction" by the authorities concerned.


"The minister has written to the Lt. Governor demanding transfer of the rape case from local police to the Crime Branch of Police for fair and transparent investigation without harassing the victim's family," a senior official said.

Sources said that there were allegations that parents of the girl were summoned to the police station several times.

The girl was allegedly raped by a peon inside the premises of a private school in Shahdara here. The accused has been arrested.

Earlier this week, the had sought the suspension of the casualty medical officer of the Chacha Nehru Hospital and disciplinary action against its director over "grave negligence" in connection with the case.

The recently ordered a magisterial probe into the alleged sexual assault of the girl. The Sub-Divisional Magistrate (Sarita Vihar) is expected to submit his report in next one or two days.

Following the incident, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had on September 11 ordered schools to install CCTV cameras covering their entire premises and complete police investigation of their non-teaching staff within three weeks.

The directive came amid increased concerns over the safety on school premises after the killing of a seven-year- old student in Gurugram's Ryan International School.

"All schools, whether government-run or private, will have to mandatorily install CCTV cameras in classrooms, washroom area and playgrounds as well.

"Schools have been asked to conduct police verification of all their non-teaching staff be it sanitation workers, security staff or drivers, within three weeks," Sisodia had said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, September 13 2017. 20:48 IST
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