A four-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by a classmate on the premises of a school in south-west Delhi's Dwarka on November 17, the police said on Wednesday.
The victim complained of pain on her private parts after coming home from school. But, the girl started crying profusely at night and told her mother that her classmate had assaulted her using a pencil and his finger after unbuttoning her trousers in an empty classroom.
The girl began crying and apprised her mother about the incident.
Dependra Pathak, Delhi Police's chief spokesperson told Hindustan Times: "The Indian Penal Code (IPC) provides children below seven years of age certain protections against prosecutions. We are examining those provisions even as we are handling the matter with utmost sensitivity", the police said.
The police say that they will examine the CCTV footage of the classroom and the washroom to find out if there was any staff in the classroom or washroom when the crime happened. "Their irresponsible behaviour was as if it was a case of loss or damage to property", the mother in her police complaint. The school administration was booked for negligence. When the pain aggravated the next day and the girl did not stop crying, the mother got anxious.
"When I opened her bloomers and saw the injury, I was shocked", the mother told NDTV. "She tried pushing him [awa], but could not get away as other children had left and there was no staff around", the mother's FIR report said.
The victim's family has further alleged that no teacher or helper was present in the classroom when the assault took place.
Accusing the school management of laxity, the parents have alleged that a school teacher and school coordinator, on being told about the incident, feigned ignorance and offered no concrete assistance.
Dr Samir Parikh, Fortis Healthcare's department of mental health and behavioural sciences Director speaking on the case said, "We must understand that it is absolutely not possible for a four-year-old to understand sexual behaviour".