A New Delhi 4-year-old has been asked by her school not to return to class after being sexually assaulted on a school bus.
Details are unclear as to how the child’s safety was compromised, but four days after the alleged assault, police arrested the driver of a white minivan for the assault and are currently “quizzing” him on his involvement, the Mirror reports.
As for the school, their reasoning for not wanting the child back is Victim Shaming 101. The girl’s parents claim they were told that she would be a “bad influence” on the other children after what happened to her.
Also, governors have demanded that the child’s parents write a “note of apology” for “bringing the school … disrepute.”
Thirty-year-old Sanjay Patel, a parent of one of the child’s classmates, called this a case of “red tape gone mad.”
“The school should be focusing on the little girl, not the fact that the police have been around to ask questions about the driver,” Patel said. “Also more checks should be made on what type of person is driving our children around.”
In a separate report from NDTV, the father shared more of his experiences with the school.
“The management misbehaved with us. We came to drop my daughter to the school today. They called me back and told me that I have to apologize as I was blaming the school for inaction.”
“They said my child will not be allowed to sit in the class with others,” he added.
The NDTV report notes that the school has since apologized for the incident, issuing this statement.
“We are sorry it [happened]. We thought they are blaming the school. We did not send the child back. We wanted to send her for counseling. In fact we called the police on Friday itself. [sic]”
New Delhi police stated that several other children were witnesses to the incident.
Unfortunately, child sex acts are becoming all too common in the national news cycle. Earlier today, the Inquisitr reported on two other cases, including one where Florida released 35-year-old Michael Shepard with no supervision.
After winning parents’ trust, it took him 18 months to assault seven additional kids.
What makes the New Delhi case particularly troubling is how quick the school was to blame the victim and her family. Considering the driver was in their employ and it’s a school’s job to act in place of the parent when a child is in their care, it’s easy to see that the world has a long way to go on awareness, both domestically and internationally.
What do you think, readers? Should the school be sued for putting the New Delhi family through this ordeal? Sound off in the comments section.