Goa rape: School tried to destroy evidence, allege victim's parents

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 18, 2013 14:10 hrs

Panaji: In a twist to the Vasco rape incident, parents of the underage student, who was allegedly raped by a man in the school toilet on Monday, have blamed the school authorities of destroying forensic evidences.

The special investigating team is possibly to charge the headmistress, currently booked for negligence of duty, and teachers with destroying evidence under section 201 of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

"The school staff bathed our daughter after the sexual assault. Blood stains and her innerwear were washed and the toilet was cleaned. All this was done before alerting the police about the incident," the father said as he spoke to local media, late Wednesday night.

The child is still reeling under the shock of the heinous attack and is said to be undergoing counseling to overcome the trauma.

The mother has accused the school of hiding the incident from the family in an attempt to hush up the matter as 'it will spoil the reputation of the school'.

"We received a call from the school saying our daughter is sick and that we should take her home. In the meantime, a teacher told us she was bleeding. The headmistress was also a witness to it but she didn't say anything," she said demanding the headmistress be charged with abetment to rape.

The seven-year-old student was allegedly raped by the person, who is yet to be found, in the school toilet and sneaked away after locking her inside during recess period.

The horrific incident has rattled the state with locals protesting on the streets in the Vasco port town demanding action against the school and arresting the culprit.

Several NGOs and commissions are demanding severe punishment to all those involved in the act and to fast track the trial after the case charge sheet.

The government has already begun preparing modalities to ensure strict security of the students in all schools.

A special investigation team of the crime branch is investigating the case and released an updated sketch of the alleged offender.

The Director General of Police has announced cash reward of Rs 50,000 for providing information about the man.

Medical confirms sexual attack on Goa school girl

Goa police have invoked various sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act 2012 against the unidentified man who allegedly sexually assaulted a seven year old student in a school toilet at Vasco on Monday.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Dr O P Mishra said the man, who is on the run after the incident, is also charged under the stringent Goa Children's Act 2003, which includes imprisonment of not less than 10 years and IPC.

Police have released a sketch of the suspect based on descriptions provided by a teacher and school security guard.

A special team of 15 police officers of Crime Branch has been constituted to investigate the case.

The headmistress, who name cannot be disclosed to protect victim's identity, is already in police custody for negligence of duty.

The officer said quoting the medical report that the victim - presently recuperating at home was 'sexually assaulted'.

Even as the case, which has sparked outraged among the people in Goa is under investigation, reactions are pouring in from several groups, women and child commissions demanding to review security in all schools and to install close circuit television cameras.

Students Islamic Organisation of India (Goa Zone) has raised questions on the social set up and security apparatus in the state.

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