A man enters the municipal school, sexually assaults two underage girls

Two underage girls were allegedly sexually assaulted by a man inside a municipal school in Bhajanpura, northeast Delhi, on April 30, police said on Wednesday.

An FIR has been filed against an unknown person under POCSO law, police said, adding that the accused was at large.

On April 30, after the school assembly, the girls were waiting for their teacher when an unidentified person entered their classroom. The accused sexually assaulted the girls and made obscene gestures at them.

Taking note of the incident, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) issued a notice to the city’s police about it and also summoned the commissioner of the Eastern Civic Body.

“Provide CCTV footage”

The DCW has also asked the East Delhi civic body to provide CCTV footage of the school along with details of the arrangements in place to screen visitors.

East Delhi Mayor Shyam Sunder Aggarwal has acknowledged that a lapse has occurred at the school. Normally, doors to EDMC schools are locked from the inside when classes are taking place and no unauthorized people are allowed to enter, Mr Aggarwal said. “We are investigating the incident and strict action will be taken against those found guilty,” he said.

DCW leader Swati Maliwal said: “It is totally unacceptable that such a serious crime happened in broad daylight in the school and instead of reporting it the authorities tried to cover it up.

“The municipal corporation must explain how this could have happened. Delhi Police must immediately arrest the accused and take action against those responsible for trying to cover up the matter,” she said.

A trained special team

DCP (North East) Sanjay Kumar Sain said a special team had been formed to investigate the matter. “No CCTV was found installed at the entrance or inside the school. However, nearby CCTV cameras were reviewed to track the accused,” the DCP said.

The officer added that based on the description shared by the victims, a sketch of the accused was prepared.

(Inputs from PTI)

Melissa C. Keyes