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`24-hour surveillance must to prevent abuse of schoolgirls’

17, Feb 2016
#gendered-violence #peacemap

Feb 17 2016 : The Times of India (Mumbai)
V Narayan & Vinamrata Borwankar

Abdul Rehman (33), alias Rauf Shaikh, the private van driver who was arrested on Monday for sexually assaulting a six-year-old, has been remanded in police custody till February 23. Shaikh allegedly committed the offence after threatening to kill the girl’s parents.
Investigators are going through CCTV footage to see how Shaikh managed to enter the school, where he committed the offence. “The school is very strict and private van drivers are not allowed to enter the premises. Also, the survivor does not travel in Shaikh’s van. A probe is on to know how Shaikh…without getting caught took the survivor with him to commit the offence. This shows a security lapse,“ said a DN Nagar police officer. The police will record the statements of the school’s teachers.
Investigators are also getting details on Shaikh’s antecedents: whether he has commit ted similar offences in the past.He has been booked under the Indian Penal Code’s sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 354-A (sexual harassment), 3762-1 (rape), 354-A (physical contact and advances involving unwelcome and explicit sexual overtures) and under several sections of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.


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