Over 200 parents gathered for protests at a school in Greater Noida following a complaint of an alleged sexual assault of a three-year-old girl by a swimming pool lifeguard.
Two days ago, 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.
According to SP Gautam Buddh Nagar, Ashish Shrivastava, “The girl’s parents have expressed their wish to press charges against the school principal as well. They said they will submit evidence against her. Once that is done, we will decide the course of action.”
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.
Allegations against principal
The child’s parents said that they got a medical examination conducted, which showed evidence of sexual assault. The child too reportedly identified the lifeguard as the accused.
However, after they approached the principal with these evidences, their attitude towards the entire matter was “demoralising”.
The mother said, “We had expected full cooperation and support from the administration. However, the principal told us things like ‘it is extremely difficult to prove such things in court’. She also told us her son is an IAS officer and that she has many connections. She had a very confusing and disappointing approach.”
She also said, “She told us that since the accused was employed on a contractual basis, the issue is between us and the contractor. That is absurd because as principal, she is responsible for the welfare of my child.”
She also expressed her disappointment over a message that the principal had circulated among the media and parents. It said that the CCTV footage had not been able to prove the truth behind the incident.
The principal, on her part, said, “It was necessary to instill some confidence among parents by saying that the situation is under control. School work will continue as well because we don’t want students to have any problems. We are supporting the investigation and will cooperate with authorities. It is better to wait for them to resolve the issue.”
The parents are now demanding that the principal should take responsibility of the events and resign till the time the investigations are completed.
Kriti Dwivedi is an intern with SheThePeople.Tv