A 7-year-old Dalit girl, belonging to the Madiga community, was allegedly sexually assaulted by a government primary school headmaster in Thullur mandal, Guntur district. The incident came to light on Tuesday, after the victimâ€™s parents protested outside the school and demanded police action.
According to reports, on Monday the victim complained of stomach ache, following which she was taken to a government hospital. At the hospital after examination, the doctors revealed that the girl was sexually assaulted. Police said that the girl was being assaulted for many months by the accused Dadigi Subba Rao.
Based on the complaint filed by the girlâ€™s mother, police have filed a case under IPC sections 376 (rape), 376 AB (rape of woman under the age of 12), Prevention of Atrocities against SCs and STs Act, and POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act 2012.
â€śThe accused had been assaulting the victim for many months,â€ť said T Vijaya Krishna, Inspector, Thullur police station. The headmaster has been detained by the police, but is yet to be officially arrested. The investigating officer for the case is Deputy Commissioner of Police Y Srinivas Reddy.
In a similar incident, which happened in January, a 42-year-old school teacher, teaching at a government school had allegedly raped a Class 2 student. The incident happened in Krishna district. The girl suffered several injuries. Though initially the parents did not file a complaint fearing social stigma, after being persuaded by child rights activists, a complaint was filed, and the accused was subsequently arrested.
In the same month, another incident of rape at a school came out from Prakasam. In this incident, the school director was accused of sexually assaulting the student. The accused was arrested after a police complaint.