A three-year-old girl was raped in a play-school in West Delhi, prompting the Delhi government to ask the police on Friday to take stringent action against its principal.

The child was allegedly raped by the husband of the owner of the school on Monday in west Delhi’s Sagarpur area, and the incident came to light two days later, police said. After the incident, the victim fell ill and her family members admitted her to a hospital where doctors informed them that she was raped.

The accused was arrested on Thursday.

Women and Child Development Minister Kiran Walia, after review of the situation in a meeting of Delhi Commission for Protection of Child’s Right, asked the DCPCR chairman to initiate action. The Commission also recommended to the police that the school be closed until further orders and a report be placed before the Commission by December 24.

Ms. Walia asked the police to invoke stringent provisions against the culprit and directed police to invoke Section 23 of Juvenile Justice Act on the land lady who was running the school.

She also directed Deen Dayal Upadhyay hospital to provide medical care to the victim.

Another gang-rape

In yet another case of rape in the capital, a 40-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped on Friday in Welcome area by three persons, police said. The incident took place at the rented accommodation of the mother of four.

One of the accused, Gaffar (46) was arrested while two others were absconding, police said. Police has identified one of the two absconding accused as Aalam.

The victim was living in rented accommodation for around a fortnight, while her family was living in New Usmanpur area. According to police, the accused broke into her house and forced her to consume a spiked drink and later raped her.

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