A man was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 5-year-old student of a private school in Delhi. The accused worked as a sweeper and was arrested the same day the act came to light. Commenting on the incident, the police said the minor girl was sexually assaulted inside the school premises in GK-2 area of South Delhi.
The accused was identified as Picha Muthu (45), a resident of Sudhar Camp, Kalkaji.
The matter dates back to 8th August and was reported to the police after the minor's mother alleged her daughter was sexually assaulted in the washroom by Mutthu, who works as a sweeper in the school.
A medical examination of the victim conducted at All India Institute of Medical Sciences hospital confirmed that the minor girl was sexually assaulted, a senior police officer said.
A case was registered under relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, he said.
The accused, who has been working in the school for nearly 20 years, was arrested the same day, the officer added.
The girl identified the accused and he was sent to judicial custody.
Statements of the victim and the mother were recorded. CCTV footage and digital video recorder have also been seized, they added.
Meanwhile, the incident gathered attention from Swati Maliwal, Chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women, who said 3 more children have complained of molestation inside the premises of the same school.
Taking to Twitter, Swati Maliwal said "3 more children have complained of repeated rape inside the school premises."
"We have informed the police and the school authorities regarding the act," she tweeted in Hindi and asked as to why was there a male sweeper inside the girl's washroom.
5 साल की बच्ची के साथ दिल्ली के प्राइवट स्कूल में स्वीपर ने टॉलेट में कई बार रेप किया। 3 बच्चों ने बताया उनके साथ भी किया!— Swati Maliwal (@SwatiJaiHind) August 14, 2019
हमने पुलिस & स्कूल को नोटिस करा। लड़की टॉलेट में आदमी स्वीपर क्यूँ था? पुलिस वेरिफ़िकेशन & CCTV थे?
अगर बच्चे स्कूल में भी सुरक्षित नही तो फिर कहाँ हैं? pic.twitter.com/ZQPWJQk8mU
Raising questions over the CCTV cameras, Swati Maliwal also raised questions over the security of school students.