Patna: An eight-year-old girl student of a public school in Danapur was allegedly molested by a sweeper inside the premises on Wednesday, triggering protests by parents who demanded the arrest of the principal.
Danapur police arrested the sweeper, Ramjee Prasad, from the school premises. Prasad, who is in his mid-fifties, was being interrogated by senior police officials, including City SP (West) Ravindra Kumar, till late Wednesday evening.
The incident took place around 2.30 in the afternoon when the girl, a Class II student of Holy Cross International School, had gone to the washroom. The sweeper, who was allegedly inside the washroom, molested the child. The girl later narrated the incident to her classmates, who in turn informed their class teacher.
Danapur police station house officer, Sandeep Kumar Singh, said the school administration informed the girl's parents about the alleged molestation. "The incident occurred in the afternoon an hour before school was to get over. The girl told her classmates who informed their teacher," said Singh.
The girl's parents, along with those of other children, rushed to the school and demanded action against the sweeper and the school administration, including the director. The parents alleged that this wasn't the first time such an incident had happened, but the school authorities had tried to hush them up.
Holy Cross International School's principal-cum-director B.K. Thakur scoffed at the allegations, and asserted that it was the authorities who had informed the police about the girl's allegation.
As the protesters swelled in number, with some trying to damage school property, the Danapur police arrested sweeper Prasad. Sources said Prasad had on previous occasions too tried to misbehave with students but his misdemeanours had been glossed over.
Local BJP MLA Asha Devi joined the protests and demanded Thakur's arrest.