Sunday, January 20, 2008

New Delhi, India: A teacher rapes visually impaired student

A visually impaired teacher was arrested in Delhi on Wednesday for allegedly raping his visually impaired student in a north Delhi school, the police said.

Rajender Prasad, 38, was arrested on the compliant of a 20-year-old girl, who accused him of raping her on January 11 in the storeroom of the school-cum-hostel for visually impaired, run by an NGO, Vinayak Mahila Kalyan Samiti, in Timarpur.

According to the police, the girl complained that Prasad had also molested her on several occasions earlier.

The victim, a resident of Uttam Nagar area, was studying and staying in the school for the past eight months, said Prasad threatened her with dire consequences if she revealed the incident to anyone.

After the incident, the girl stopped attending classes but on a request from Prasad's wife resumed her studies.

"On Tuesday she somehow managed to come out of the hostel and called her sister to inform her about the incident. The sister then approached another NGO, called Jagriti Mahila Samiti, located in west Delhi's Raja Garden area," said a police official.

"The sisters with the help of the NGO registered a complaint at the Timarpur police station. The girl was then taken for medical examination, which confirmed the rape," the official said.

According to the police, Prasad hails from Lumbini, Nepal, and was secretary of the Vinayak Mahila Kalyan Samiti.


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