After GD Birla, Another Child Sexual Abuse Case at Kolkata School
After GD Birla, the mother of an ex-MP Birla Kolkata student has alleged that her 4-year-old was abused by staff.
The management of Kolkata’s MP Birla Foundation Higher Secondary School, on 4 December, suspended a staff member accused of having sexually assaulted a student.
The mother alleged that her complaint to the school authorities and the police had fallen on deaf ears, and claimed the matter was hushed up.
The school then suspended Manoj, who was a part of the school’s non-teaching staff in connection with the case. He was later arrested by the Kolkata police under sections of POCSO.
In a statement, the school authorities said, a complaint was received from parents of a girl student about alleged sexual misconduct against her in September, 2017, but the complaint did not point out any individual.
The parents had also lodged a complaint with the local police station. The school has been thoroughly cooperating with the police in the investigations.School’s statement
Hours of CCTV footage were reviewed by the school and the police, the statement said, adding that the police also questioned several members of the support staff and teachers.
“We are committed to ensuring that the child gets justice. However, we also hope that no member of the staff of our school should be judged in the matter except according to law. We are confident that members of the staff are committed to the safety of the children. Anyone found wanting in this regard will be prosecuted as per law,” it further said.
As per the mother’s statement, her daughter was less than four years old when she was sexually assaulted at the MP Birla School in Kolkata. Soon after, the girl was removed from the school by her parents.
She also told NDTV, “If the school and the police had acted on our complaint, then this little girl (from GD Birla) may have been spared the horror. The molesters would be scared of facing some police action. But nothing was done.”
In the GD Birla case, two physical education teachers, Abhishek Ray and Mohammad Mofizuddin, were arrested after the 4-year-old girl identified them when shown photos by the police.
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