POCSO case against minor for alleged sexual assault on classmate

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A four-old-boy has been accused of sexually abused his classmate with a pencil at a private school in Delhi's Dwarka area.

The police has reportedly booked the minor boy for raping the girl under the Protection of Children from Sexual offences (POCSO) act and is seeking legal advise on how to further proceed with the case. Police said the girl, after returning home, complained of pain in her private parts.

The incident took place last week when the two children were alone in their classroom at Maxfort School in the west Delhi.

"She (the victim) tried pushing him (the juvenile in conflict with law), but could not get away as the other children had left and there was no staff around", the mother stated in her FIR to the police.

The mother told TOI that her daughter had been writhing in pain ever since she returned from school, but narrated her ordeal only before going to sleep as she feared she would be sent to school the next morning where she would face the boy.

Victim's paediatrician and a hospital has confirmed the sexual assault.

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Accusing the school management of laxity, the parents have alleged that a school teacher and school coordinator, on being told about the incident, feigned ignorance and offered no concrete assistance.

"The Indian Penal Code provides children below seven years of age certain protections against prosecutions. This is due to the teacher's irresponsible behaviour", mother of the victim said. "We are examining those provisions even as we are handling the matter with the highest degree of sensitivity".

The girl began crying that night and told her mother about the alleged assault. It was then the Police registered the case. She informed the school again on Saturday, but the authorities allegedly did not cooperate with her and instead asked her to give a written complaint on Monday.

She said her daughter's delayed exit from the classroom, as she saw in CCTV footage, corroborated the sexual assault allegation.

The four-year-old girl who was allegedly sexually assaulted in school wouldn't be going back there.

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