The family of a 15-year-old girl in Maharashtra’s Latur district, who an Army jawan had allegedly raped, has claimed that she was expelled from her school after police registered a case, ANI reported. The district administration is investigating the allegations made against the school.
The Army man, who has not yet been arrested, had allegedly raped the minor under the pretext of marriage in April.
“My school has suspended my admission saying their reputation can be tarnished if I continue to study here,” the girl told ANI on Monday.
The girl’s uncle alleged that the officials at Devni police station had demanded a bribe of Rs 50,000 to lodge their complaint against the jawan. However, after the girl approached Superintendent of Police (Latur) Shivaji Rathod, the FIR was registered in August, The Indian Express reported.
Her uncle said a team of policemen had arrived at the school to verify her age after the complaint was registered. “The school authorities later called us and asked to collect her transfer certificate,” he told DNA. “When we went to the school to enquire why they were giving us a transfer certificate, the school authorities told us they did not want such police visits as that would ruin the reputation of the school and forced us to take her transfer certificate.”
The school administration has refuted the allegations and claimed that the transfer certificate was issued after the family members approached them. “The allegations are totally baseless,” Fakruddin Budare, the principal of the school, told DNA. “She frequently remained absent through June and July. On July 19, her brother came to the school and asked for a transfer certificate. We handed over the certificate to him the next day.”