29 November 2022

Hyderabad : The Hyderabad school where a four-year-old girl was allegedly sexually abused by the principal’s driver will lose its licence and the 500 – odd children studying there will be transferred to other schools in the neighbourhood.

The decision was taken on Friday by Telangana’s education minister Sabitha Indra Reddy, who told the district education officer ( DEO ) to cancel the licence of the private school in the posh Banjara Hills area with immediate effect.

The 36 – year – the old driver was arrested on October 18. He had been abusing the girl for nearly two months and had threatened her with dire consequences if she told anyone. The principal, too, was arrested a day later for negligence. The education minister said officials must ensure that none of the students loses an academic year because of the shutting down of the school.

4 - yaer - old raped
4 – yaer – old raped

” We have identified nearly 500 students studying there and have started collecting the contact numbers of the parents. We will call all the parents for a meeting within the next three days to discuss the next course of action, ” said Rohini R . Hyderabad DEO. She added that the advance fees and donations paid by the parents would be reimbursed based on the number of months left in the current academic year. The transfer certificates will also be handed over shortly. The school, which has classes up to 8th standard, is under the state education board.

Reddy said that a committee headed by education secretary Vakati Karuna had been set up to suggest security measures to be taken to prevent such incidents. The committee, which also includes the director of the school education department, the secretary of the women and child welfare department and a DIG-level officer from the woman’s safety wing of Telangana police, will submit its report within a week.

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