By Linus Garg
First publised on 2022-09-29 02:49:35
In a shocking incident, it has come to light that a 15-year-old Class IX student of a reputed school in New Town in Kolkata twice molested his 11-year-old Class V schoolmate in the school bus in which both commuted to school. The boy has been arrested and sent to a juvenile home. The accused and the victim are both residents of the same housing complex.
The young girl was shocked and traumatized by the incidents which happened on the 12th and 14th of September. She stopped communicating with her parents and friends for a few days and later confided in her close friend. Following that, she also narrated her ordeal to her teachers and the school authorities. Both sets of parents were also called and they were shocked too. Later, the girl's parents decided to approach the police who have registered a case under the Pocso Act.
Sexual crime against school children is not unheard of. But usually the perpetrators are adults who take advantage of their position of trust to molest children. But a minor schoolmate molesting a student much junior to him is rare. Since the case involves minors, the police will have to handle it with sensitivity. The Bidhannagar Police have said that they are aware of the issues involved and will arrange for counselling if needed.
But it is surprising that with school buses having an attendant, along with the driver, to help students board and alight from the bus and also to keep an eye on them, how the boy could manage to molest the girl in the bus? The police said they have collected some 'video' evidence. It is necessary for the police and the school authorities to know how exactly the boy managed to commit the offence so that steps can be taken to prevent such incidents in future.