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Rape attempt complaint was a hoax

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The two girls fabricated story to avoid going to school: police

The rape bid on two schoolgirls by unidentified persons near their school on Friday turned out to be a hoax. The girls, according to the police, cooked up the story to avoid going to school.

The ninth standard students, studying at Siddhartha High School at Tanneeru Halla in the town, had filed a complaint with the police that they were attacked by four unidentified persons when they were on their way to a stationery shop during the school’s lunch hour on Friday. The unidentified persons had masked their faces and had swiped at them with blades, tearing their clothes. The Hassan city police had registered the case based on the girls’ statement on Friday night and began investigation.

“It has come to light that the girls made up the story to avoid going to school,” Ravi D. Channannavar, Superintendent of Police, told the media on Saturday. Addressing a press conference, he said it was a false case.

During the investigation, the girls admitted to have cooked up the story to avoid going to school.

Both girls had discussed this plan on Thursday and executed it the next day.

“A team of officers, headed by Additional SP J.K. Rashmi, succeeded in bringing out the truth. The girls had bought two chocolates and a blade at the stationery shop. The shopkeeper has confirmed this. The girls’ parents also cooperated with the police. By the time our police solved the case it was 3.45 a.m. on Saturday,” he said.

Parents’ worry

Siddhartha High School is run by Siddhartha Education Society, based in Tumakuru. The society is headed by Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president G. Parameshwara and his family members. The school, which was established in 1974, has a total strength of 263 students, including 103 girls.

Following media reports about the incident, parents of many children rushed to the school on Saturday morning. They bombarded the school authorities with questions on safety of children in school.The school is yet to implement the State government’s guidelines to ensure safety of children. B.N. Mohan, headmaster, and his staff had a tough time pacifying the parents.

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