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Anna for stringent action against school authorities

Saturday, 26 April 2014 - 9:58am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

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Pune: Condemning the sexually abuse of a 11-year-old girl by a Wanowrie school bus attendant and subsequent negligence of the parents’ complains by school principal and director, social activist Anna Hazare has demand for stringent action against the two for not taking note of the grievance.
Speaking to dna, Anna said, “The incident is terrible and if educated people like school principals are refusing to take action as per the law, then how can we claim to live in an educated world? I demand strict action should be taken against them within a month’s time. I will be writing to concerned authorities in Pune,” said Hazare over the phone.
Meanwhile the Wanowrie police have finally booked the school principal Moushumi Chowdhury (44), a resident of Air force station in Lohegoan and director Ashok Omprakash Gupta (50), a resident of Ganga Satellite in Wanowrie. Deputy Commissioner of police (Zone IV) Manoj Patil said, “We have booked the duo under the relevant provisions of Protection of Children in sexual offence act, as they failed to inform us. They neglected their duty and misused their powers.”
Meanwhile, as the duo has applied for anticipatory bail, a hearing was scheduled on Friday. The police were expected to be present in court to submit their ‘say’ before special judge S D Darne. B N Kale inspector in-charge of Wanowrie police station said, “The principal is well aware of the incident, and she is hiding facts. On two occasions, we had directed the principal and director to approach the police station (April 22 and 24) to record their statement, but they did not turn, giving vague answers. As per the victim and her parent’s statement, the principal and the director were well aware of the turn of events. We even called the other teachers to record their statement, but no one turned up. We suspect Moushumi and the Gupta are pressurising them. Their police custody is important and their bail pleas should be dismissed.”
Lawyer Milind Pawar fighting on behalf of complainant and the agitated parent has claimed that both bails pleas of Chowdhury and Gupta should be rejected, as in both their plaint they have rejected their responsibilities, and want some time to file affidavit in this regard. Judge Darne has adjourned the hearing till Monday.
Police record students’ statement 
Deccan Gymkhana police officers speaking to dna on condition of anonymity said, “The Deccan Gymkhana police have recorded statements from two students. One of the student suggested that attendant would only sit with girls.” However, he did not complain about the arrested person’s behavior. 
The police officer said, “They are trying to record the girl student’s statement, but the parents are not willing to co-operate, citing reasons that they out station and need some time.”

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