School guard held for sexual assault of 3-year-old girl in India

BENGALURU: A 25-year-old security guard of the east Benglauru School has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a three-year-old girl on the campus on Monday.


The school in Indiranagar, in the meanwhile, turned a battlefield briefly on Tuesday as friend of the child’s parents and well-wishers clashed with police.

They were protesting against the school’s denial that the incident took place on its premises. Police arrested a female protester and detained few more, following the clash.

The arrest was made on Monday night, based on the leads provided by the survivor’s sister who identified the guard as the perpetrator of the crime. The survivor herself identified the guard during an identification parade on Tuesday.

The pre-nursery student was crying when her parents picked her up at the school in Indiranagar on Monday afternoon. The parents had noticed injuries on her parts and the child had said, “Uncle, school”, prompting the elders to rush to police.

Monday’s campus sexual assault is the first since a similar incident was reported from a Jeevan Bima Nagar school on October 31 last.

A spate of sexual assaults on city campuses last year had led to a public outcry to make schools safer for children.

The father of the survivor, an employee with a restaurant, said, “I picked her up around 12noon. And when she reached home, she was crying constantly. Even when her mother asked her what had happened, she continued to cry. After realizing that she had been sexually assaulted, we took her to Bowring Hospital where we were told to inform the police.”

A police complaint was registered on Monday night and medical tests went on till late night. During this time, the older sister of the survivor told police about her suspicions against the security guard.

“She told us that on previous occasions, she had seen the watchman calling out to the victim by name, making her sit on his lap and hug and gift her chocolates,” said Sateesh Kumar N, deputy commissioner of police, Bengaluru east.

The guard has confessed to the crime, police said. The child’s father said the child was taken to Bowring Hospital for treatment on Tuesday afternoon. “She was subjected to tests till post-midnight. Reports of the tests are still awaited. I will take my daughter out of this school,” he said.

The secretary of the school on Tuesday denied the incident taking place in the school premises.

He claimed they had CCTV footage of the student in her classroom for more than three hours before leaving for home and also visuals of her father picking up the child.