A four-year-old girl was raped allegedly by a private school’s helper-cum-conductor in Dhuri town in Punjab’s Sangrur district. The incident has triggered protests by the locals against the school management. “The incident took place on Saturday when the 27-year-old accused lured the girl when her mother had come to the school to attend a parent-teacher meeting,” police said on Monday.
“He was playing in a park with the girl and later took her to a room and raped her, they said. After the parent-teacher meet, the girl’s mother took her home unaware of the incident,” news agency PTI reported.
The accused has been arrested, Sangrur SSP Sandeep Kumar Garg said. “Protestors had a few demands. They wanted the accused to be arrested and we told them that he has been arrested. Their second demand was that action should be taken against the school management and they were told the administration will look into this. As far as their demand that accused be handed over to them was concerned, we told them that he has been arrested and is being dealt as per the law,” he said.
Condemning the incident, Opposition Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal tweeted, “Shocked over reported rape of a four-year-old girl in Sangrur distt. There is no such thing as law and order in Punjab with murders, rapes and daylight snatchings becoming a daily occurrence. CM must take responsibility or is he too busy quelling party revolt?”