Lucknow: School pool ride driver sodomises 9-year-old, arrested
LUCKNOW: A Class IV student was sexually assaulted allegedly by the driver of an e-rickshaw his parents had hired to ferry him to school every day.
While the incident took place on Monday when the nine-year-old Dalit boy was returning home from school, the family lodged an FIR at Gudamba police station on Friday after which the accused was arrested.
Gudamba station house officer (SHO) Ritendra Pratap Singh said the accused driver was a married man with two children. He has been booked for sodomy, and under various sections of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012.
According to the FIR, the accused dropped home all the other children who took the pool ride, but assaulted the survivor in a desolate spot near Kurail forest. He also allegedly threatened the boy with dire consequences.
“The child refused to go to school ever since the incident. He finally confided in his parents on Thursday after which his grandfather lodged a formal complaint with us,” SHO Singh said.
The officer added that medical examination of the boy had confirmed unnatural sex. “We have recorded his statement. The accused has been sent to judicial custody.”
(The victim’s identity has not been revealed to protect his privacy as per Supreme Court directives on cases related to sexual assault)