Hyderabad: The Telangana government on Friday removed recognition of a private school in Hyderabad where a four-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by the school principal’s driver.
Education Minister P. Sabitha Indra Reddy ordered the Hyderabad district education officer to cancel the recognition of DAV public school.
However, to ensure that the education of students studying at the school is not affected, the minister ordered the DEO to make arrangements to transfer them to other recognized schools. He asked the DEO to take whatever steps are necessary to allay the parents’ apprehensions.
The education minister also called on officials to ensure that such incidents are not repeated. She said a committee would be formed to recommend measures to the government to ensure the safety of students in schools.
The commission, which will be headed by the education secretary, will present its report to the government within a week. She said that after receiving the report, the government would take appropriate measures for the protection of school children.
The minister’s order came three days after police arrested the school principal’s driver for sexually assaulting the LKG student. The director was also arrested for negligence.
Banjara Hills police arrested the school principal’s driver on Tuesday for sexually assaulting the girl. Following protests from the victim’s relatives and others, police on Wednesday arrested the director for negligence.
According to the police, Beemana Rajani Kumar (34) was arrested and sent to jail. It has been booked under section 376 A and B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 6 read with 5 (1) (m) of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act (POCSO).
The incident came to light after the victim’s parents noticed behavioral changes in her. When questioned, she told them that Rajani Kumar had been sexually assaulting her for the last three months. He used to take her from the classroom to the digital classroom. At some point, the accused took her to a room inside the school, took off her clothes and sexually assaulted her.
Enraged upon learning of the assault, the victim’s parents and other relatives ran to the school and beat up the driver. He was arrested by police later.
The parents also organized a protest demanding the arrest of director S. Madhavi. She was also detained by police and booked under section 21 of the POCSO Act for negligence.
Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Thursday requested a report from the state government on the incident. She was deeply distressed after reviewing various media reports about the incident.
The governor expressed her dismay and deep anguish over the incident and called for immediate action against the culprit who perpetrated the heinous crime. She has sought a detailed report on this incident from the government.