A class 10th girl has alleged that she was raped and blackmailed by her school’s principal, two teachers and 16 students in Bihar’s Saran district.
The girl said the minor son of her school’s principal, one of the 18 people who allegedly sexually exploited her for months, was among those who gangraped her on knifepoint in December last year. The victim from Parsagarh village has said in the FRI that the accused recorded the crime on camera and threatened to make it public if she told anyone about the incident, reports HT.
She said that she was found by the school’s principal, Uday Kumar alias Mukundji, and a couple of teachers while she came out of the lavatory after being gang-raped.
“On seeing my traumatic expressions and blood stains on my clothes, the principal called me to his chamber where I narrated the entire incident to him. Instead of summoning the accused and taking action, he cautioned me not to reveal the incident to anyone and made me wash the blood stains in his personal washroom before asking me to leave for home,” the girl said in the FIR.
She said when she returned to the school after 10 days, Kumar called her to his room and sexually assaulted her threatening to destroy her career if she resisted.
The victim also told the police that she was subjected to repeated sexual assaults till July 5 when she was gang-raped again by five other classmates. She approached the police on July 6.
Chhapra Sadar’s deputy superintendent of police Ajay Kumar Singh, who is leading the five-member probe team, said they have arrested another minor, the seventh so far to be held in connection with the crime, and were continuing to look for others who are absconding, reports the national daily.
The police have booked the 18 persons under the stringent Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012. The victim’s father, who recently came out of jail and encouraged his daughter to lodge the FIR, said the accused could influence the medical reports and probe into the crime as they were influential people.
Superintendent of police Harkishore Rai has said that efforts were on to seize all the cell phones on which the video of the girl’s gang rape was shared.
This is the latest incident of crime against women, which has been on the rise in Bihar. According to government records, 127 minors and women were raped in the first three months of 2018 and the figures have almost doubled by June end.