Coimbatore

School bus driver, helper held for sexual assault on LKG student

The All Women Police Station (AWPS), Thudiyalur, on Friday arrested the bus driver of a private school near Karamadai and his helper on charges of sexually assaulting a four-year-old LKG student, allegedly after sedating her.

The arrested were R. Govindaraj (37) of Athipalayam pirivu, and his helper Marimuthu (50).

As per the complaint filed by the girl’s parents, the two accused sexually assaulted the girl inside the bus after dropping off other students on Tuesday, said the police.

The girl, on reaching home, narrated the ordeal to her parents. The shocked parents reached the school authorities who allegedly attempted to work out a compromise, without taking it to the police. After the parents and relatives protested, the school authorities took the accused to the police.

The accused were interrogated by the police to check whether they had attempted similar offence on any other student.

AWPS inspector M. Meenambigai said that the use of sedative on the child, as alleged in the complaint, has to be confirmed through a medical test. “The survivor says that she was injected in wrist. But the accused have denied it ,” she said.

The accused were arrested under Sections 3 (b) (d) of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and 109 of the IPC.

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