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Thursday, 18 October 2018

Rape: Indian school refuses to admit gang-raped girl

A Dehradun school purportedly refused

enrollment to a 16-year-old girl, who was

allegedly gangraped two months ago in a

boarding school on the outskirts of the

city, stating that “a rape victim could not

be admitted”.

On Thursday, the victim’s counsel Aruna

Negi Chauhan claimed, “In the last week

of September, the girl’s parents were

visiting several CBSE schools in

Dehradun to get the girl an admission in

Class X. However, while many schools

denied her admission (based on the girl’s

performance in studies, and other

reasons), on September 27, a school in

the city denied admission stating that it

couldn’t give admission to a rape victim.”


“The victim was finally given admission

in a school in another city,” Chauhan

said.

On August 14, the girl was allegedly

gangraped by four boys in the premises

of the boarding school she was earlier

enrolled in. The incident surfaced on

September 16 following which, three of

the four boys, were sent to a juvenile

correction home in Haridwar, and five

members of the school administration

and staff along with one rape accused

adult boy were sent to Dehradun district

jail in Sudhowala.

While Chauhan refrained from divulging

the name of the Dehradun-based school

that had allegedly denied the victim an

admission on the basis of the rape, she

said that on Tuesday she had filed a

complaint against the school to the

Dehradun police, the CBSE, and the

district administration via e-mail.


Dehradun Senior Superintendent of

Police said, “We spoke to the victim’s

family (on Thursday). The victim was

quite weak in studies, so it is

understandable that many schools would

have denied her admission. But, we are

getting the matter probed where a

particular school (allegedly) denied

admission to the girl stating that she was

a rape victim.”

On September 24, the CBSE had cancelled

the affiliation of the school where the

gangrape had taken place.

On being approached by The Indian

Express on Thursday, Ranbir Singh,

Regional Officer at CBSE’s Regional Office

in Dehradun, refused to comment on the

matter.

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