A man working as a general labourer at a school in India's Mumbai was arrested on Tuesday (8 August) for allegedly raping a four-year-old girl. The 32-year-old man was arrested after the child identified him when he was brought to the police station for questioning.
Rape charges under section 376 of the Indian Penal Code and section 6 (punishment for aggravated penetrative sexual assault) and 8 (punishment for sexual assault) of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act have been put against him. The man was produced before the local court and has been sent to police custody until 11 August.
Police said that the incident happened in India's financial capital, Mumbai from 1 August to 5 August. The nursery school student was allegedly raped by the man over four days inside school's bathroom.
The investigating officer said: "There is a gent's and ladies' toilet on either side of the victim's classroom. The victim's mother said that her daughter was assaulted in the toilets. The female attendant sometimes allows female students to use the boys' toilet.
"If there is any male member inside the toilet, she waits for him to come out first. The mother claimed that the child came home looking exhausted during the four days."
Meanwhile, around 500 parents have gathered outside the school demanding strict action against the accused and an assurance of safety for their children.
The parents have also demanded that the school should be closed temporarily until the justice is served and said that they won't pay any fees to the school up to then, Mumbai Mirror reported.
"Why is the principal quiet? She has to take responsibility. What did the class teacher do when the child did not come back from the toilet soon? We want a solution. I cannot send my daughter to this school," Sheetal Mehta, one of the parents, said.
While another worried parent asked: "If the student does not return to the class for a long time, how can the teacher not notice? The management wants to hush up the matter."
It was also reported that the agitated parents have made the school's manager sign a set of demands, including suspension of the principal, Public Relation Officer (PRO), class teacher and the manager himself.