Kolkata: A city court has extended the police remand for the two teachers of GD Birla Centre for Education arrested for sexual abuse of a 4-year-old nursery girl in the school. [READ: Two teachers held for sexual abuse of girl student in famed Kolkata school]
A special judge designated to hear cases registered under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act at Alipore court today sent accused Abhishek Roy and Md Mafizzudin to police custody for another 12-days. There will be produced in court again on 15 December. Another judge had on 2 December remanded them in police custody till today. [READ: Nursery girl sexual abuse: police custody for accused Kolkata school teachers]
Public prosecutor Radhakanta Mukherjee said that police need to interrogate the accused further and recreate the crime scene by taking them to the school. The uniform and undergarments of the child that had blood stains have been sent for forensic examination by police.
This comes amidst the newly formed Parents’ Forum at GD Birla serving the police a deadline till Tuesday to arrest the school principal Sharmila Nath for failing to protect the girl on the school premise and then trying to suppress the sexual abuse incident by calling it a “small mischief.”
The abused girl’s father had lodged a complaint against Nath at Jadavpur police station on Sunday. The Parents’ Forum, which organised a demonstration in front of the school for the fourth consecutive day, has clarified that if police fail to arrest the principal by Tuesday, the parents will march to police headquarters Lalbazar in protest.
West Bengal State Commission for Protection of Child Rights chairperson Ananya Chatterjee, who visited the parents at the demonstration site, has also written to Kolkata Police commissioner to arrest the school principal.
“Instead of acting swiftly, the principal tried to suppress such a grave incident. Now she has closed down the school for an indefinite period in violation of child rights and Right to Education Act. She should be arrested at once,” Chatterjee told reporters.