A four-year-old student of a Badlapur-based convent school was allegedly raped by the school bus cleaner on September 6, while she was on her way home from the school. The incident came to light on Saturday when the girl fell ill and on being asked what was wrong, told her aunt everything.
The bus cleaner, whose name the girl mentioned as the attacker, has been arrested for the crime. According to Badlapur Police senior inspector Dilip Patil, the cleaner, identified as Sandeep Kirve (26) allegedly raped the girl inside an empty bus. The girl was so scared that she told nothing to her parents. It was only after she fell ill and told her aunt of her ordeal that she was rushed to a private hospital where doctors confirmed that she had indeed been sexually assaulted.
Speaking to SMD, Patil said, “A case has been registered against the school bus cleaner for rape. The child has got bruises on her body. She has been sent for medical examination to a government hospital. The cleaner has confessed to the crime and he will be produced before the Kalyan court tomorrow.”
Dr J R Nimbode, additional civil surgeon, Central hospital, Ulhasnagar confirmed that the minor was brought to the hospital for medical examination on Saturday evening. “She’s a minor, and too small to be examined in our hospital and hence we advised the police to take her to the JJ Hospital.”