Dehradun: A 16-year-old girl studying at a boarding school on the outskirts of Dehradun was allegedly gang-raped by four of her schoolmates, and the institute’s staff hushed up the matter and even tried to terminate her pregnancy.
According to police, the four boys – all Class XII students – and five school officials were arrested on Monday. The minors were presented before the Juvenile Justice Board while the officials have been charged with trying to conceal the crime, Times of India reported.
Dehradun SSP Nivedita Kukreti said the girl was raped in the first week of August but she only confided in her sister, also a student of the same school, this past weekend. She also told her sister that she was one month pregnant.
Together with the sister, the girl approached the school management, but it instead tried to hush up the matter, the police complaint said.
The crime came to light after a team of the Uttarakhand State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (USCPCR) led by chairperson Usha Negi met the girl and an FIR was registered on its direction.
Negi told TOI that medicated drinks were given to the girl by the administrator and his wife to terminate the pregnancy. She added that the “girl was also taken to a nursing home for abortion by school officials.”