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Class 9 student sexually abused at school, staffer held

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

A Class-9 student of a state-run girls school in the city was allegedly sexually abused by a non-teaching staff at the institute's premises, police said today.

The incident surfaced a day after a of a prominent private English-medium school was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a Class-2 girl.

The class 9 student and her parents lodged a complaint at the station yesterday, alleging she was sexually abused by the school's group-IV staff, a senior said.

Police said the accused was arrested today and produced before a court which remanded him to police custody till February 12.

"The accused was arrested today under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) 2012. We are going by the victim's version and are looking into the matter," the investigating told today.

The alleged incident happened on Thursday afternoon when the school hosted its annual sports meet.

The victim and three other girls were at the chemistry laboratory on the first floor of the school building where the accused, who also works as an assistant, was present, the said.

"The accused had allegedly sexually abused the girl there. We are talking to three other girls who were present there and recording their versions also," he added.

Meanwhile, of said, "We have to be very cautious these days. It's good that people are reporting such incidents."

"We will talk to the girl and her family members as well as the school authorities and the police before stating anything in this regard."

Members of the Commission would visit the school on Monday, she added.

A said they would look into the matter and cooperate with the police.

"We will ensure that our students are absolutely safe here and for the same we have taken all sorts of measure," she said.

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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 19:50 IST