Angry guardians were seen protesting at the high-profile GD Birla Centre For Education in south Kolkata’s Ranikuthi area since morning after the parents of the girl and doctors said she was sexually abused by a teacher and perhaps more men.
Police detained two physical education teachers on the basis of the complaint and later arrested them.
“Two physical education teachers, Abhishek Roy and M. Mofizuddin, of the school have been arrested. Both would be produced before a court on Saturday,” Joint Commissioner of Kollata Police (crime) Vishal Gurg said.
The victim’s father said the girl was profusely bleeding when she returned from school on Thursday evening. She was rushed to a hospital later where a number of medical test was conducted on her.
“We initially thought it was some infection. We took her to the doctor who said she was physically abused and had injury marks in her private parts. My daughter is still in a lot of pain,” the father said.
Earlier in the day, a lawyer for the victim’s family said the girl was lured into a toilet and sexually abused.
“She was shown a chocolate and lured inside a school toilet where one or more men abused her. The girl was shown pictures of four suspects. She has identified two men, one of whom is her physical education teacher,” the lawyer said.
Furious parents of the school students stopped the school buses from entering the premises and demanded the removal of all male teaching staff.
They told the school to ensure security for the children, including by putting up CCTV cameras. A section of the guardians also demanded that the Principal of the school resign taking responsibility for the incident.
The school authorities said they are extending cooperation to police and will also take necessary actions after the investigation are over.
“The two accused teachers were recruited through EduSports, a leading sports education company based in Bengaluru. We might terminate the contract with them if the two are found guilty,” a school official said.
They said they are also considering the parents’ demand of removing all male teaching staff from the school and creating a parents’ forum for regular interactions.
“The parents here already have enough opportunities to interact with the teachers and the authorities. Still, we are considering the forum as per the parents’ demand. We are willing to talk to them as long as their demands are legitimate,” he added.
A similar incident of sexual assault took place in the same school in 2014.