In a bone-chilling incident, a four-year-old minor was allegedly raped by a private school’s helper-cum-conductor in Punjab’s Dhuri town in Sangrur district. The incident took place during the parent-teacher meeting in the school.
According to a report in News 18, the 27-year-old accused lured the girl when her mother had come to the school to attend the parent-teacher meeting on Saturday.
The accused was playing with the girl and later took her to a room and raped her. After the meet was concluded, the girl’s mother took her home unaware of the incident.
After reaching home, the girl complained to her mother about pain in her abdomen and repeated it on Sunday. The mother then took her to a hospital where doctors confirmed the child was sexually assaulted.
The incident triggered massive protests by the local resident against the school management. The residents also gathered outside the local police station, demanding that the accused be arrested to be handed over them for the punishment.
"They had a few demands. They wanted the accused to be arrested and we told them that he has been arrested. Their second demand was that action should be taken against the school management and they were told the administration will look into this. As far as their demand that accused be handed over to them was concerned, we told them that he has been arrested and is being dealt as per the law,” Sangrur SSP, Sandeep Kumar Garg said adding accused was arrested on Sunday.
Opposition Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal said law and order have broken down in the state. "Shocked over reported rape of a four-year-old girl in Sangrur district. There is no such thing as law and order in Punjab with murders, rapes and daylight snatching becoming a daily occurrence. CM must take responsibility or is he too busy quelling party revolt?" Badal tweeted.