A four-and-a-half-year-old girl studying in a private school was allegedly sexually assaulted by her classmate on the school premises in Dwarka, police said on Wednesday.
"The girl's parents have alleged that the classroom and a washroom where the assault allegedly took place had been left unattended in violation of rules".
The victim's mother in her statement said that she had complained about the alleged assault to the schoolteacher through a text message that night.
According to media reports, the minor victim was allegedly sexually assaulted by the boy with sharpened pencils and his fingers. The police have registered a rape case against the child, but are consulting legal experts to determine how best to proceed against such a young accused, reported NDTV.
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.
"The Indian Penal Code (IPC) provides children below seven years of age certain protections against prosecutions. We are examining those provisions even as we are handling the matter with utmost sensitivity", Dependra Pathak, Delhi Police's chief spokesperson, told the Hindustan Times.
The school authorities, however, denied the allegations of negligence and non-cooperation in the complaint filed by the mother. She then told her parents of the assault.
He added that he will probe the school staff's role and will investigate if there any staff present in the classroom or the washroom when the incident happened.
In her complaint, she told police that the incident took place on Friday during school hours.
The school had apparently told the mother of the assaulted child that the accused boy's section has been changed so it should now be safe for the child to come back to the school.
Dr Samir Parikh, Fortis Healthcare's department of mental health and behavioural sciences Director speaking on the case said, "We must understand that it is absolutely not possible for a four-year-old to understand sexual behaviour".