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New Delhi : The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that a six year old girl studying in a government school in Delhi was allegedly raped by a person working as an electrician with the school around 1.30 pm on August 8.

The Commission has observed that the contents of the news report, if true, amount to violation of human rights of the victim. Accordingly, it has issued notices to the Chief Secretary, Government of NCT of Delhi, and the Commissioner of Police, Delhi, calling for a detailed report in the matter within four weeks. The Chief Secretary is expected to inform whether all the guidelines/directions issued by the authorities for the safety of the students are being followed by the schools in Delhi, according to an NHRC release.

The Commission has also observed that the incident is reported to have happened in a government school.  Being the custodian of the students, the school authorities are responsible for the safety and security of its students especially the girl students. Prima Facie the incident indicates towards negligence by the school administration. 

The NHRC also feels that there should be a State Human Rights Commission in Delhi to deal with such cases of alleged violation of human rights.  However, till it comes into existence, it would continue addressing the issues pertaining to the NCT of Delhi.

According to the media report, carried on August 10, 2018, the incident took place when the victim girl was about to return home, but she was stopped by the accused. The accused also allegedly warned the victim not to tell it to anyone.  The victim was medically examined and the reports confirmed that she has been subjected to rape. An FIR in the matter has been registered by the police and the accused has been arrested.

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