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Bengaluru school rape: Director, principal held

Police arrested the principal and one of the directors of school in Bangalore, over alleged rape of a six-year-old child. A case of negligence was also filed against the institution for not following the guidelines issued for children safety.

The child was allegedly raped twice by a school teacher on October 28 and October 29 at the private school in the city. Additional Commissioner of Police for law and order, Alok Kumar said the principal Vaijayanthi and director Pramod Arya were arrested under two sections of the Indian Penal Code and one section under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).

He added that both the accused have been booked under Section 21 of the POCSO Act for not informing the police after learning about the incident. Kumar also said both of them have been sent to the magistrate and further probe is underway.

Arya’s elder brother, a senior Indian Revenue Service officer, is a trustee of the school, as is their 78-year-old father.

The survivor’s parents and block education officer (South-4) Ramesh Kumar attended the meeting, which began in the school around 2pm and ended around 5.30pm. Police questioned Arya and Vyjayanthi on the safety guidelines implemented.

“Unfortunately, the director and principal are not aware of the guidelines at all. The premises is more than 60x80sqft and they have installed just four CCTV cameras. The premises needs at least 20 CCTV cameras at any given time,” a senior police officer said.

According to the parents, the alleged rapist, Hindi teacher Jaishankar Appadurai Nair, always behaved in a suspicious manner.

“Whenever parents questioned Jaishankar’s behaviour, the management would give evasive replies. Recently, the principal shouted at some parents when they asked about the permission status of the school,” sources said.

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