Pune: Post a disheartening response from parents of Wanowrie school students who travelled on same bus route as that of 11-year-old CSA victim, the Wanawadi police now have new hopes. The reason: the victim's father has now started approaching parents of those students appealing them to come forward and help police in investigations to provide justice to his daughter.
Police, who had a list of 32 parents of children travelling by same route, had over past few days contacted 12 parents. But these parents didn't give any favourable response and dilly dallied in allowing cops to speak to their children. They claimed that children were not aware of incident or that they first need to counsel their children about child sex abuse and so on.
On learning about the state of affairs, victim's father himself started approaching parents those parents. His efforts have started bearing fruits, as out of 15 parents to whom he had approached, five have agreed to help him.
Victim's father said, "Initially, when police approached them, the parents were demanding their child's security and some were citing reasons like they need time to speak to them and make them understand what rape and child abuse meant to them. In last two days, I have approached some 15 parents of which five are ready to cooperate with police investigation. Now cops are recording their kids' statements."
Inspector in-charge of Wanawadi police station B N Kale confirmed that they are recording statement of two students. "We are interacting with some of the students with the help of women staff as the children are too young to understand the incident. We have got two positive statements coming to us. Some of the parents have sought time but we have May 9 deadline as the school will be closed for vacations. We have summoned some school teachers but they have not turned up. If they don't cooperates, we will approach court."
Meanwhile, the victim said that she is now shy of going to school. "I don't feel like going to school. I am missing my friends but I am feeling very shy. I am planning to study at home and my elder sister is taking my studies."