Bihar: Class 9 girl raped by principal, 2 teachers, 15 students

New Delhi: At a time when news about rapes and viral videos are coming of every corner of the nation, another shocking incident has come to fore. A Class 9 student of a private school in Bihar’s Saran district alleged on Friday that over the last eight months, she was raped by 18 persons, including her schoolmates, two teachers and the principal.

The minor said she did not report the abuse fearing society would ostracize her.

On Friday morning, the girl filed a complaint with police superintendent Har Kishore Rai. Police later arrested Uday Kumar alias Mukund Singh, the principal of the private school in Saran’s Parsagarh village, teacher Balaji and two minor students of the school, according to a report in the Hindustan Times. Police are searching for the other accused.

The girl was sent to a local hospital for a medical check-up.

As per the FIR, the girl was gang-raped by three schoolmates in the school lavatory in December 2017. The accused also shot a video of the rape and threatened to make the video public if she reported the matter to anyone at school or home. However, a few days later, the alleged rapists shared the video with other school friends.

Gradually it reached a few teachers and the principal, and she was blackmailed for sex, the FIR read.

“The poor girl apprehending stigma and the video going viral in public went on succumbing to the carnal desires of other boys and two teachers in possession of the video,” police superintendent Rai said.

Losing all hope, the girl eventually approached the principal for help. However, Rai said, instead of approaching the police the principal cautioned her to keep silent as it would bring disrepute to her and the school. Worse, according to the SP, the principal called her one day after school and raped her in his chamber.

“The victim has named in all 18 persons as her perpetrators in the FIR registered with the women’s police station,” the SP said. ‘We have formed a team led by Chapra Sadar DSP to probe the case and arrest all the culprits,” he added.