Kid’s ‘molestation’: Elementary school woman caretaker, driver arrested

The city police have arrested a woman caretaker and a driver for allegedly molesting a three-and-a-half-year-old boy studying in an elementary school. This is said to be the first-ever paedophilia case registered under the newly-enacted Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.

Sarkhej police said they arrested Komal (21), the caretaker, and Mahesh (33), the personal driver of one of the founder members of Shaishya Kids Campus, on Thursday night under sections 8, 10 and 12 of the Act pertaining to aggravated sexual assault, sexual harassment of the child and using a child for pornographic purposes.

"Based on the statement of the victim, who is a three-and-a-half-year-old kid, we have arrested the duo. We have enough evidence to book them under the newly-enacted law. Under this Act, police don't have to prove the guilt but its the accused who have to prove their innocence," said Assistant Commissioner of Police Nirlipt Rai.

Police inspector R C Patel, who is investigating the case, said Komal and Mahesh were having an extramarital affair. "The duo used to involve the kid in their act, usually within the school premises. The kid was imitating it back home and this alarmed his parents," he said.

"Whenever I would come back home he would do things we never expect from a kid of his age," the boy's father told The Indian Express.

Komal, a school dropout who has been working with the school as caretaker for two years, claimed she was framed. The school has an all-women staff, besides the security at the entrance.

The school, on its part, has initiated a confidence-building measure for parents. "This is a mutual feedback exercise by the school and parents. It is an attempt to discuss measures that can be taken to improve safety and security of children," said principal Ruchika Dhingra.

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