4-year-old boy booked for allegedly raping classmate in Delhi

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The police have registered a rape case, but they are reportedly consulting legal experts on how to proceed against such a young accused; a child below seven years of age can not be charged under the law. The girl's mother alleged that the school didn't take her complaint alleging the digital rape of the child seriously and refused to help her.

But on Friday night, the child started crying and told her mother that her classmate had assaulted her using a pencil and his finger after unbuttoning her trousers in an empty classroom. "I paid a bomb as school fee, handed then my child hoping that she is safe in school, what is considered a second home, in the custody of her second mother, teacher, only to be let down", NDTV quoted the mother of the victim.

The boy allegedly kept hurting her because no "didi or teacher" was around at the time. "The medical report of the victim will also be looked into", Delhi police officer Dependra Pathak told media.

When the parents took the girl to doctors, they told them that their daughter was sexually assaulted.

"She tried pushing him, but could not get away as other children had left and there was no staff around", the mother stated in the FIR.

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The mother of the victim is demanding action against school for dereliction of duties but no case of criminal negligence has been registered against the school so far. She informed the school again on Saturday, but the authorities allegedly did not cooperate with her and instead asked her to give a written complaint on Monday. As seen in the CCTV footage, her daughter's delayed exit from the classroom corroborated the sexual assault allegation.

However the school's lawyer maintains that an ayah was present in every washroom of the school.

Meanwhile, the experts have advised the investigators to handle the case with sensitivity.

Dr. Samir Parikh, the director of Fortis Healthcare's department of mental health and behavioral sciences told Hindustan Times, an Indian newspaper: "We must understand that it is absolutely not possible for a 4-year-old to understand sexual behavior".

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