Pocso case against MP private school management for sexual assault of three-year-old child – The New Indian Express

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BHOPAL: Possibly for the first time, senior graders at a leading private school in Madhya Pradesh have been booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act (POCSO) 2020.

Three senior officials including the President, Director (Operations), Principal and Transport Manager of the top school were arrested by Bhopal Police under Section 188 IPC and Section 21 of the POCSO Act late Thursday night for breaches in the case involving the alleged sexual assault of a three-and-a-half-year-old kindergarten student by a bus driver inside the school bus on September 8.

According to a senior officer at the Bhopal Police Station, the four school officials were booked after hours of questioning about 30 to 40 staff at the 2,200-student-strong school.

The four officials were found prima facie responsible for the non-functionality of the CCTV camera installed in the bus (in which the minor was sexually assaulted on September 8) and concealed the affair for three days on behalf of a internal investigation, instead of reporting it in time to the police.

“Although the parents only reported the matter to the school administration on September 9 (a day after the incident on the bus), instead of immediately reporting it to the Bhopal police, the school administration continued to deceive the kindergarten student’s parents in the name of misconduct It was finally on September 12 that Bhopal police learned of the matter after the girl’s parents themselves reported the matter to the cops,” a senior Bhopal police official said.

The defendants, the middle-aged school bus driver and bus attendant, were arrested by police only on September 12 and sentenced to 376 AB and POCSO provisions.

A Special Investigation Team (SIT) led by ADCP Shrutkirti Somwanshi has been formed by Bhopal Police Commissioner Makarand Deouskar to investigate the case, the investigation of which is personally overseen by MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan. SIT is now working to file an indictment in the case in court within 10 days.

Meanwhile, a parallel investigation into the matter by the MP State Commission for the Rights of the Child (MPSCPCR) has also led to shocking revelations.

“Not just a kindergarten student, but two other kindergarten students could have been sexually assaulted, because the uniforms of two other students were changed inside the same school bus on the same day, as was the case with the sexual assault survivor of three and a year-and-a-half-old minor,” said commissioner Brajesh Chouhan. The new Indian Express Friday.

“Although a CCTV camera was installed on the bus, its digital video recorder (DVR) had no memory card, meaning there was a digital eye on the bus, but no brains or memory. . In addition, the GPS system of the bus concerned had not been updated. Above all, it was one of 10 odd buses at this school, whose GPS system was waiting for an update,” Chouhan added.

The children’s rights body, whose team spent around 9-10 hours at the affected school on Thursday, also strongly believed that the bus driver accused of sexually assaulting the minor on September 8 perhaps had no prior experience driving a school bus.

Until 2019, he drove an individual’s personal car in Indore, but after becoming unemployed during the COVID-19 pandemic, he helped his father run the family’s tea shop in Bhopal. He joined the school as a bus driver just a few months ago, the child rights body member said.

“Furthermore, the advice given to the girl by the State Certified Counselor suggests that the bus driver concerned may have also sexually assaulted/molested her before. We will be writing to the Bhopal Police Commissioner to is also investigating all these aspects,” Chouhan said.

BHOPAL: Perhaps for the first time, the senior officers of a major private school in Madhya Pradesh have been convicted under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act (POCSO) 2020. Three senior officials, including the president of the eminent school, the director (operations), the director and the transport manager were arrested by Bhopal police under the terms of section 188 IPC and section 21 of the POCSO law late Thursday night, for breaches in the case involving the alleged sexual assault of a three-and-a-half-year-old kindergarten student by a bus driver inside the school bus on September 8. According to a senior officer at the Bhopal Police Station, the four school officials were booked after hours of questioning about 30 to 40 staff members at the 2,200-student-strong school. The four officials were found prima facie responsible for the non-functionality of the CCTV camera installed in the bus (in which the minor was sexually assaulted on September 8) and concealed the matter for three days on behalf of a internal investigation, instead of reporting it in time to the police. “Although the parents only reported the matter to the school administration on September 9 (a day after the incident on the bus), instead of immediately reporting it to the Bhopal police, the school administration continued to deceive the kindergarten student’s parents in the name of misconduct It was finally on September 12 that Bhopal police learned of the matter after the girl’s parents themselves reported the matter to the cops,” a senior Bhopal police official said. The defendants, the middle-aged school bus driver and bus attendant, were arrested by police only on September 12. and sentenced to 376 AB and the provisions of the POCSO Act.A Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by ADCP Shrutkirti Somwanshi has been constituted by Bhopal Police Commissioner Makarand Deouskar to investigate the case, whose l investigation is being personally monitored by MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan. now to file an indictment in the case in court within 10 days. Meanwhile, a parallel investigation into the matter by the MP State Commission for the Rights of the Child (MPSCPCR) has also led to shocking revelations. “Not just a kindergarten student, but two other kindergarten students could have been sexually assaulted, because the uniforms of two other students were changed inside the same school bus on the same day, as was the case with the sexual assault survivor of three and a year and a half minor,” commissioner Brajesh Chouhan told the New Indian Express on Friday. “Although a CCTV camera was installed on the bus, its digital video recorder (DVR) had no memory card, meaning there was a digital eye on the bus, but no brains or memory. . In addition, the GPS system of the bus concerned had not been updated. Above all, it was one of 10 odd buses at this school, whose GPS system was waiting for an update,” Chouhan added. The children’s rights body, whose team spent around 9-10 hours at the affected school on Thursday, also strongly believed that the bus driver accused of sexually assaulting the minor on September 8 perhaps had no prior experience driving a school bus. Until 2019, he drove an individual’s personal car in Indore, but after becoming unemployed during the COVID-19 pandemic, he helped his father run the family’s tea shop in Bhopal. He joined the school as a bus driver just a few months ago, the child rights body member said. “Furthermore, the advice given to the girl by the State Certified Counselor suggests that the bus driver concerned may have also sexually assaulted/molested her before. We will be writing to the Bhopal Police Commissioner to is also investigating all these aspects,” Chouhan said.

Jeremy S. McLain