Rape of minor girl by employee: Govt orders closure of school

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Rape of minor girl by employee: Govt orders closure of school

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 | Omer Farooq | Hyderabad

More than 500 students of Azan International School were staring at an uncertain future as Telangana Government has ordered its closure following the incident of a school employee raping a minor girl on the school premises.

The four-year-old student was sexually abused in a bathroom of the school on Saturday, sparking an outrage among the parents and others.  Another school on the same premises with 1,100 children is also facing uncertainty as people are demanding action against it too as both are run by the same management.

The management of Azan International school, where most of the students are NRI children paying exorbitant fee, has sent a message to parents, “The school will remain closed until further notice as there is an ongoing police investigation taking place regarding the unfortunate incident”.

The police have arrested school supervisor Jeelani in connection with the incident while the girl was discharged from the hospital after a surgery last evening. Golkonda police station has booked a case of a rape of minor against the arrested person.

The school located at Tolichowki area faced the fury of the local people as a mob attacked its property and pelted stones after the news about the heinous crime spread. The incident came to light late on Saturday evening as the girl did not return home and worried parents reached the school to inquire as all other children had returned.

The management tried to cover up the incident saying the girl was attending a special class. But when the mother came to know that the girl was lying unconscious inside and the school staff was trying to hide something she raised an alarm and people started gathering there.

Hyderabad Member of Parliament Asaduddin Owaisi and area MLA Kausar Mohiudidn took up the issue with the higher officials including the Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar and district Collector Yogita Rana demanding stringent action againt the management and closure of the school till probe is over.

According to the officials of the Education department notice was issued to the school management and an order for its closure was serve. They said that the alternate schools were being identified where the students will be shifted soon.

The management was also facing other charges including running a primary school with 218 students without permission from the government.

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