Shocking! A 4-year-old girl complains of sexual assault by her own classmate!
While narrating her sexual assault ordeal, the four-year-old shared that she had excruciating pain in lower abdomen as well as her private parts.
A sexual assault incident that took place in a Delhi school last week has left parents completely shocked. A 4-year-old girl alleged that her classmate assaulted her in school and when she came back home she complained of severe pain in her private parts.
The horrific incident reportedly came to light last Friday when the mother of the victim filed a complaint with the Delhi Police.
In fact, a case of rape under section 376 of IPC and section 21 of the Protection of Children From Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, has already been registered against the classmate.
"She told me that a boy in her class had abused her"
As per the mother of the victim, the girl came back from school on Friday and complaint of pain in her lower abdomen.
Even though the mother dismissed it before, she took her complaint seriously when she started crying profusely. At around 11:45 pm she narrated her ordeal to her father via a phone call.
That's when the mother sprung into action and immediately filed the a complaint with the police.
"Since she was complaining of it at sporadic intervals, I initially ignored it as one of her tantrums. It worsened on Saturday, and at night she started crying profusely narrating the shocking incident in school on Friday during school hours. She told me that a boy in her class had abused her. She said she tried pushing him away but to no avail. There was no didi or aaya around," the mother shared with a daily.
She also added that her daughter kept crying inconsolably throughout the night.
"She kept repeating the same sequence of events"
The mother added, "It took long to fix the hook of her pant and by then all children had left the school. She narrated the incident to my husband over the phone at 11.57pm on Saturday. It was a restless night for both of us. She kept repeating the same sequence of events and cried inconsolably."
She also shared that and that she even complaint to the teachers and the school administration but to no avail.
"At night, I sent a message to her teacher informing her about the incident. In the morning, I asked her school teacher and coordinator about it. They feigned ignorance in their attempt to dilly dally," said the mother.
The police is probing all angles of the alleged sexual assault
Unfortunately, since the 'accused' child is also only 4-years-old, the police are trying to probe all angles to figure out how to solve this case.
DCP (south-west) Shibesh Singh told Times Of India, "We are probing all angles. The child has recorded her statement with the CWC and the magistrate which is being examined. The child's mother had approached us with a complaint on the basis of which a case was registered. However, apart from the allegations, we are also probing the role of others with whom the child interacted. We are also looking into the allegations against the school."
Cases of violence among kids on the rise?
This bizarre and shocking case comes close on heels of the murder of the 7-year-old Pradhuman Thakur. He was killed by a fellow schoolmate, a class XI student simply because he wanted to delay school examinations and a parent teacher association meeting.
In another case, a Delhi boy was beaten to death by his classmates. The boys only stopped when the Principal who was to take their class intervened to stop the scuffle.
In both cases sexual and predatory bullying was evident, which resulted in their violent behaviour.
We spoke to Kamna Yadav, clinical psychologist at ePsyClinic.com, Delhi, about this type of bullying and she explained, "It is repeated over time and can take many forms such as verbal bullying (teasing, name-calling), physical bullying (hitting or punching), sexual bullying (vulgar gestures, uninvited touching, sexual propositions) emotional bullying (hurtful gestures, exclusion from the group or class) and cyber-bullying (negative messages via e-mail or text messaging).”
She also adds that even though such behaviour may be categorised as bullying, kids who practice it should not be let off.
"From my personal account with bully victims, it shows how bullying can spread when left untreated. Thus, we should stop continuing to dismiss bullying as a harmless, inevitable, part of growing up. There is a significant need to change our mindset and to acknowledge it as a serious problem for both the one who is a victim and those involved in an act of bullying as the effects are long lasting and significant," says Yadav.
"Some interventions and policies are already available in schools but new tools and implementation of those policies are needed to help health professionals to identify, monitor and deal with the ill-effects of bullying. The challenge we face now is committing the time and resource to these interventions and policies in order to put an end to bullying," she adds.