A 21-year-old man working as a bus conductor in a private school was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a six-year-old girl in a school bus in south Delhi’s Vasant Vihar.
DCP (southwest) Milind Dumbere said that the incident was reported on December 13 and the accused, Mohammad Ehsan, has been arrested under Section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the IPC and Section 8 of the POCSO Act.
Police officers said they were informed about the incident by the school management. As per the cops, the incident occurred when the kids were boarding the bus to go home.
After the six-year-old boarded the bus, the accused came to where she was sitting, allegedly hugged her and started touching her back, even as other children were boarding the bus.
A teacher who travels in the same bus was informed by the kids about the incident when she boarded the bus. The girl also nodded when the teacher asked her following which the bus was stopped from leaving.
The teacher then reported the incident to members of the school management and the transportation in-charge who confronted Ehsan and allegedly slapped him. He was subsequently taken to an empty room and locked there.
The management then informed the girl’s parents who arrived at the school. The girl narrated the sequence of events following which the parents, along with the school management, went to police to get the case registered against the accused.
Police officers said the accused is a native of Hardoi district in Uttar Pradesh and they are checking if he has a criminal record. Cops are also ascertaining if the accused had assaulted any other kid in the past. He has been sent to judicial custody.
The girl’s family refused to allow her medical examination. She’s reportedly traumatised after the incident and is being counselled by psychologists.