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Delhi: 4-yr-old sexually assaults classmate; case registered

Delhi: 4-yr-old sexually assaults classmate; case registered

The police have registered a rape case, but they are reportedly consulting legal experts on how to proceed against such a young accused; a child below seven years of age can not be charged under the law.

"The IPC provides children below seven years of age certain protections against prosecutions".

In a statement to the media, the girl's mother said that she has asked the school authorities to sack the principal, the teacher concerned and the counsellor, issue a public apology on Facebook and refund her two years' school fee with interest. The victim's mother claimed that the boy had used his fingers as well as a sharpened pencil to sexually assault her daughter in the classroom and washroom.

The girl, who is of the same age, allegedly came home complaining of pain in her private parts.

Talking to the Hindustan Times, the girl's mother said: "Since I had trained my daughter about the concepts of "right" and "wrong" touch, she knew right from the beginning that whatever was happening to her was not right. We are examining those provisions even as we are handling the matter with the highest degree of sensitivity". She was taken to a hospital where doctors confirmed sexual assault, police said.

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The mother of the victim is demanding action against school for dereliction of duties but no case of criminal negligence has been registered against the school so far.

The mother of the girl has also alleged inaction by school authorities, she had complained to a schoolteacher via a "text messages" regarding the incident and the school reportedly did not assist the family.

"When I opened her bloomers and saw the injury, I was shocked", the mother told NDTV.

"She tried pushing him, but could not get away as other children had left and there was no staff around", the mother stated in the FIR. We are also looking for CCTV footage or if anything was captured.

Dr Samir Parikh, Fortis Healthcare's department of mental health and behavioural sciences Director speaking on the case said, "We must understand that it is absolutely not possible for a four-year-old to understand sexual behaviour".