Girl gang-raped inside Delhi Kendriya Vidyalaya washroom; DCW issues notice to school and police | Delhi News

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief on Thursday issued a notice in the matter of gangrape of an 11-year-old girl inside the washroom of a Kendriya Vidyalaya by two seniors.
The Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan’s regional office has also ordered an enquiry into the issue.
सरकारी स्कूल में 11 साल की बच्ची के साथ हुए दुष्कर्म के मामले में दिल्ली महिला आयोग अध्यक्ष @SwatiJaiHind ने दिल्ली…— Delhi Commission for Women – DCW (@DCWDelhi) 1665065789000
The alleged incident had taken place in July but the victim approached the police on Tuesday only after the matter was highlighted by the DCW.
पुलिस और स्कूल प्रशासन को नोटिस जारी किया है— Swati Maliwal (@SwatiJaiHind) 1665048495000
The DCW, which termed the incident as a “serious matter”, issued a notice to Delhi Police and the school principal on the issue.
The school authorities have been asked to inform why the incident was allegedly not reported to the police by them.
Officials of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) maintained that the incident was not reported to the school principal by the victim or her parents and has only come to light following police investigation. KVS is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Education and it oversees over 1,200 KVs that are spread across 25 regions in the country.
According to the police, the victim filed a complaint on Tuesday and immediately a case was registered.
DCW Chairperson Swati Maliwal said, “We have received a very serious case of gang-rape with an 11-year-old student inside a school in Delhi. The girl has alleged that her school teacher tried to hush up the matter. It is very unfortunate that even schools are unsafe for children in the capital,”
She demanded strict action in the matter.
“Also an enquiry into the role of school authorities must be conducted on the issue,” Maliwal added.
According to the Commission, the minor alleged that in July while she was going to her classroom, she collided with two boys from her school studying in Class 11 and 12.
“She said that she apologised to the boys but they started abusing her and took her inside a toilet. She alleged that the boys locked the toilet door from inside and raped her. She stated that when she informed the incident to a teacher, she was told that the boys have been expelled and the matter was allegedly hushed up,” a DCW statement said.
The KVS officials said no complaint regarding the matter was received by the school authorities.
“The regional office of the KVS is investigating the issue. The incident was not reported to the principal by the girl or her parents. The issue was also not raised at a parent-teacher meeting held after the incident,” a senior KVS official said.
“The issue has come to our notice only through police investigation. We are cooperating with Delhi Police in its proceedings,” the official added.
The police officials said that a detailed investigation is under way.
Based on the statement of the victim, the teaching staff and suspected students are being interrogated, police said.
The DCW sought from the police an action-taken report on the incident.
“The commission has asked the school principal to inform as to when did the school authorities learn about the matter and what action was taken by them. It has also asked the school to furnish a copy of enquiry report conducted in the matter,” the panel said.
“The commission has also asked Delhi Police and the school to provide information of action taken against the school teacher and/or any other staff for allegedly not reporting the matter to Delhi Police,” it added.
(With inputs from PTI)
(The victim’s identity has not been revealed to protect her privacy as per Supreme Court directives on cases related to sexual assault)

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