In a shocking incident, a 16 year-old-girl was allegedly denied admission in a private school of Dehradun because she was gang-raped in a boarding school recently. Observing the harrowing behaviour, the lawyer of the rape survivor demanded cancellation of the school’s CBSE affiliation.
On behalf of the minor’s parents, advocate Aruna Negi Chauhan wrote a letter to Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and state education minister Arvind Pandey, asking them to take “strict legal action” against the school.
As quoted by Hindustan Times, Chauhan said, “Her parents tried to get her admission into many private schools of the city, but they all refused. While the other schools did not give the parents any explanation, one private school categorically told them that they cannot give admission to her as she is a rape victim.”
The report further informs that the girl had been allegedly gang-raped by four students of her former boarding school in August. The minor had informed school authorities, but they kept quiet and shut the matter.
The incident came to light September, when the girl informed her elder sister that she might be pregnant. Soon after, Dehradun’s senior superintendent of police (SSP) Nivedita Kukreti was tipped off.
While the four boys were taken into custody, the boarding school’s director, principal, administration officer, his wife and hostel caretaker were arrested for alleged destruction of evidence and trying to hush up the matter.
Advocate Chauhan has written to senior superintendent of Uttarakhand police as well, demanding an investigation into how the girl’s identity was revealed.