In Delhi, a 54-year-old UP-based peon and his associates allegedly gangraped a class 5 girl. The accused men gave the survivor an injection to leave her unconscious, and took turns in raping the 10-year-old minor. The incident took place at an MCD (Municipal Corporation of Delhi) school and occurred earlier on March 14. The accused in the matter has been identified as Ajay Kumar, hailing from Uttar Pradesh.
Earlier on March 14, Ajay Kumar, a peon who had been working at an MCD school for the past 10 years, asked the survivor to come with him to an isolated location. After giving her an injection that caused her to lose consciousness, Kumar and his accomplices allegedly took turns raping her.
While the girl was unable to provide the police with the exact location of the incident, she did report it to her mother. Shockingly enough, the family didn’t initially report about the incident due to social stigma.
The police were eventually informed by the school principal and other teachers on March 22, and a case was registered under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the POCSO Act. The MCD officials suspended Kumar with immediate effect and issued showcause notices to the principal and class teacher for failing to take prompt action.
The Facts of the Matter
Delhi, the capital city of India, has long been plagued by incidents of sexual violence against women and children. Despite numerous efforts to address the issue, cases of rape and sexual assault continue to occur with alarming frequency.
The latest incident, in which a 10-year-old student was allegedly gang-raped by a school peon and his associates, has once again highlighted the urgent need for effective measures to protect vulnerable members of society and ensure justice for victims of sexual violence.
Peon Worked in School for 10 Years
According to reports, the accused in the matter is a 54-year-old MCD school peon, who had been working as a school staffer for the last 10 years. Originally a UP resident, the accused Ajay Kumar knew the survivor, and hence asked her to come with him to an isolated place.
After taking the survivor away, the accused injected her and made her lose unconsciousness. The peon, along with three other associates, then took turns in gangraping the minor survivor. The peon then dropped the survivor to school, and she informed her mother about the ordeal she faced.
Girl’s Family Didn’t Report Out of Stigma
Shockingly enough, the girl’s family chose not to report the matter out of social stigma, and the girl remained absent from school in the following days. It was only when the teacher reached out to the survivor’s brother and asked why she didn’t take her final exams, that the matter came to the fore.
Show Cause Notice Given to Principal, Teacher
While the incident took place on March 15, the police was informed about the matter by the principal on March 22. A show-cause notice on late action has been given to the school principal and class teacher.
During questioning, the girl displayed behaviour pertaining to trauma, and told that there were four people including the peon.
Peon Arrested, Associates On the Run
Based on the girl’s statement, the cops registered a case under sections of IPC and POCSO.
While the 54-year-old accused peon has been arrested, the three associates are absconding, and the cops are on the lookout for them.