A girl was allegedly raped by four of her cousins, in the government school’s campus in Sitapur because she was better than them in studies. She was allegedly sedated and then raped on several occasions in the school premises, the main reason being jealousy. It is also reported that a teacher not only aided her cousins in the act but also participated in the sexual assault. The perpetrators apparently also filmed the incident every time they raped the girl, and went ahead to circulate some of the clips among family members via a WhatsApp group. This brought their crime into light, following which the parents of the 16-year-old girl filed a complaint against all the five accused. No arrests have been made so far.

A police officer probing into the matter, said, “Once the girl was sedated, the youths and their teacher took turns to rape her while one of them filmed the act on a mobile phone. When she regained consciousness, she was told that she fainted on the playground and hence, was brought to the staff room. She realized what went on with her at those times only when the clips were shared.”

The sexual assaults took place during school recess when the cousins would ask her to have lunch with them and lace her food with sedatives.

The cousins, as per a TOI report, felt humiliated by the girl after they flunked in exams while she performed well. Following this, they apparently wanted to put her to place for excelling in studies. Additional SP Madhuvan Kumar Singh told TOI that the student in her statement said that she was raped by her cousins multiple times in the last two years. “The incidents took place in a government school in Maholi thana area of Sitapur. The accused are seniors in the same school,” the official said. The sexual assaults apparently took place during the school recess. The cousins would ask the girl to have lunch with them, which was laced with sedatives. Thereafter, she was allegedly raped in the staffroom.

Even schools aren’t safe

This isn’t an isolated case where a minor has been molested in the school premise, as many such incidences have previously come to light too. In July 2018, over 200 parents had gathered to protest at a school in Greater Noida. This came as a reverberation to the sexual assault of a 3-year-old girl by the lifeguard. The child’s mother lodged a complaint against the lifeguard of a prominent school’s swimming pool. Parents of the girl and that of other students came out to protest against the school administration and demanded answers. The mother revealed that her child loved to swim and often visited their housing society’s swimming pool. “But after two visits to the school swimming pool, she started experiencing a revulsion towards swimming and would even refuse to wear her swimming costume,” she said.

Once the girl was sedated, the youths and their teacher took turns to rape her while one of them filmed the act on a mobile phone. When she regained consciousness, she was told that she fainted on the playground.- Investigating officer.

Another such incident took place in Bihar in July 2018, where a class 9 girl alleged that she has been raped by 18 people, including 2 teachers, principal, and 15 classmates, over the period of 18 months.  The incident reportedly took place in a school in Parsagarh village of Saran district, about 35 km from the district police headquarters in Chapra. The 13-year-old said that she did not report the incident earlier as she was scared of the way the society and the people around her would react.

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