A three-and-half year old girl studying in kindergarten at a private school was allegedly sexually assaulted by the driver of her school bus in Greater Noida, officials said on Friday. The incident came to light earlier this month when the victim returned home and started crying, said the mother of the child.
"I was at my office in Gurgaon on October 9 and my husband went to pick up our daughter when she returned from the school on the bus in the afternoon," she said in her complaint.
"As soon as she alighted and saw her father, the girl started crying and on being asked the reason she told her father that 'driver bhaiyya' had taken her undergarments off and touched her inappropriately," she said.
The woman further said her husband informed her about the incident following which she again talked to their daughter regarding what had happened.
"She narrated her ordeal to me and I recorded what she said. My daughter asked me not to record the video as the driver would beat her up, if he comes to know that she had told anyone about the incident," the victim's mother said.
The woman immediately rang up the school principal and the child's class teacher to inform them about the incident and sought action.
The victim's mother claimed that the school management had assured her of "strict action" but did not do anything.
The police were approached by the family on Thursday evening and a case against the accused was registered, said Gautam Buddh Nagar's Superintendent of Police, Rural, Vineet Jaisawal.
"An FIR was registered at the Surajpur police station and the accused was booked under IPC sections 376 A, 376B (rape and related offences). He was also booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act," he said.
A medical examination of the victim was conducted on Friday, the SP said, adding a search for the accused driver was on.