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Recently, the parents of a three-year-old girl studying in Tridah International School, Andheri East, Mumbai, filed an FIR at the MIDC Police Station alleging that a trustee of the school had raped their daughter and that a teacher had abetted in the heinous act. If the trustee was innocent, he would have immediately made himself available for interrogation by the police. Instead, he is busy with a tour of Paris along with 12 students from the school! He sent an email to the parents with a bland denial. But the core question is why is he not rushing to Mumbai and allowing himself to be questioned? The police have not arrested the teacher concerned though in cases such as this, custodial interrogation is necessary.

A child of Maharashtra's minister for education  Shri Vinod Tawde and children of several other powerful persons are studying in this school. Instead of acting with speed, the MIDC police is taking its own time. Stories are being planted in the media asking why there was a delay in filing the complaint and that the medical test of the child does not reveal anything incriminating!! This is the height of insensitivity. NO PARENT WOULD RUN THE RISK OF COMPLAINING AGAINST A TRUSTEE OF A SCHOOL ABOUT THE RAPE OF THEIR CHILD UNLESS AND UNTIL THEY ARE SURE ABOUT THE FACTS. THEY HAVE RISKED THEIR REPUTATION AND THAT OF THEIR FAMILY AND THE FUTURE OF THEIR PRECIOUS CHILD. IN ANY CASE, WHY THIS HESITATION ON THE PART OF THE POLICE TO ACT? LET THE COURTS DECIDE THE GUILT OR OTHERWISE OF THE PERSONS CONCERNED. Would the police have been so indulgent if ordinary mortals are involved?

We appeal to Chief Minister Devendra Phadnavis, who is in charge of the home portfolio and is an honest politician and the father of a minor daughter himself, to hand over the investigation  to the State C.I.D immediately and ensure that the guilty persons are arrested and the trial is done through a fast-track court. He should send the message that no one, howsoever influential, is above the law in Maharashtra.



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