#HumanityDies: 6-year-old mentally challenged girl molested by school cab driverLast updated on Aug 29, 2018, 11:12 am
A 26-year-old man is behind bars for allegedly molesting a mentally challenged girl last Thursday in South-West Delhi.
The incident happened when the six-year-old girl was on her way back from school in a car being driven by the accused.
As per her complaint, the driver, after dropping the other students, stopped the car at an isolated spot and touched her inappropriately.
Cops investigating if care taker was present in school vehicle
The girl is a student of a school for children with special needs, that was opened a month ago. Notably, the school has just 20 students on roll as of now.
For ferrying these students, the school has hired three vehicles, in which female caretakers accompany the students.
On that fateful day, whether the caretaker was present is still a question, said cops.
Incident came to light when mother noticed behavioral changes
While the girl was allegedly molested on August 23, it got revealed only on Monday, when her mother noticed some behavioral changes.
"She wasn't talking to anyone, and started crying after her mother asked her what had happened," said an officer.
She told her mother "that the cab driver dropped all students and then molested her on the pretext of teaching her how to drive."
Approached school administration but they didn't help, allege parents
He dropped her a few meters away from her house and left after threatening her of dire consequences if she told this to her parents.
After her parents learnt what happened, they rushed to the school, which is run by a physiologist.
There they didn't get any help.
They then approached the police, who registered a complaint under the POCSO Act.
Incident didn't happen in cab, school premises: Cops
And by Monday night, they arrested the driver from his Trilokpuri house.
Preliminary investigation revealed the incident didn't happen in the cab, and neither in school premises.
Further, the accused said he wasn't driving on that particular day. Details are being sought from the school.
Some other reports suggest that the driver, named Monu, filled in for the enrolled driver who was apparently sick.
School teachers being questioned, administration under radar too
DCP (South-West) Devender Arya said school teachers are also being questioned. Probe is on to find out any laxity on the part of school administration. Meanwhile, Monu, who has no prior criminal record, has been sent to 14 days of judicial custody.