Delhi: Seven-year-old drugged, molested by senior girls in school

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A seven-year-old girl on Saturday alleged that she had been drugged and sexually assaulted by two seniors of her school in west Delhi multiple times. Police said the minor had been subjected to repeated assaults in the last three-four months.

The case was reported at the Moti Nagar police station in west Delhi by the girl’s parents. One of the accused girls, who is an adult, has been arrested by the police. She is a student of Class 9 at the government school. The other schoolgirl, a student of Class VIII and a minor, was apprehended.

The arrested student was sent to jail while the juvenile accused was produced before a juvenile justice board that sent her to a correction home for girls, a police officer said. The adult accused lived with her mother and three sisters.The victim girl’s parents were both labourers and visually impaired.

A FIR under sections 328 (causing hurt by means of poison with intent to commit an offence) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code and sections 6 and 10 of Protection of Children from sexual offences (POCSO) Act has been registered.

Dependra Pathak, special commissioner of police (southwest), said the victim’s parents called the police around 12.10 pm on Saturday. The victim, aged 7 and student of Class 2, was taken to Acharya Bhikshu hospital where she was medically examined.

“In her statement to the police, the girl has alleged that two of her seniors used to take her to a vacant classroom during lunch time and sedate her. They would then sexually assault her,” said a police officer, quoting the girl’s statement.

The police have seized the mobile phones of both the accused students. “They (the accused) have told us that they used to receive pornographic materials from their friends on their phones,” said the officer.

A local NGO, a psychologist and a woman officer have been roped in to counsel the girl.