Hostel warden of a residential school was arrested for sodomizing a class 6 boy for four months on school premises, threatening to fail him in exams at Janjgir district of Chhattisgarh late on Tuesday.
This incident came to light when the traumatized student residing at boys’ hostel of Sri Jagannath Higher Secondary School-run by a temple trust- complained before his parents at Raigarh about the indecent activities of the hostel warden.
The incident took place in a hostel located in interios at Rishabh teerth Damaudara village’s Ashram school, police said. While police didn’t reveal much justifying that the matter was sensitive and that Supreme Court orders refrain police from revealing details related to minor children, they confirmed that child was continuously raped and sodomized.
“At times, the accused warden Nirmal Jaiswal threatened him to fail in exams, other times he lured him for good food in hostel and excellent marks. But the child was under immense trauma and remained reserved among students. He spilled the beans only when he returned home at Raigarh to his parents,” a police official said.
His parents lodged a complaint on Monday and Jaiswal was arrested on Tuesday under Sections 377 of IPC and relevant sections of prevention of children from sexual offences Act and was interrogated.
Amid several incidents of minor children being raped, assaulted and sodomized coming to light at government and private residential schools, Chhattisgarh government and its nodal agency department of women and child seem unmoved. Many incidents in the residential schools located in remote areas go unreported or are revealed when it is too late.
Chhattisgarh has gained fifth position after Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal for crime against children, as per the latest data of national crime record bureau (NCRB). NCRB reports 775 rapes with minor children including boys in state.
Talking to TOI, child protection officer at UNICEF, Gargi Saha said, “A uniformed protocol on child protection policy is essential in residential schools and hostels should be there, so that children also know their rights. Any act of child sexual abuse is highly condemnable. We have been consistently training stakeholders to sensitize them on dealing with these issues.”