Mumbai: Another rape incident was reported in India on Friday, with a 35-year-old school bus conductor arrested by police for allegedly sexually assaulting a four-year-old nursery student of a premier Juhu school on a moving school bus.
According to Indian media reports, the crime occurred around 1pm on Tuesday after the bus left the school with more than a dozen nursery students, including several girls. One by one, the other kids were dropped off.
A resident of the western suburbs, the victim was sitting in the front row waiting for her turn, when Rajput threatened her to go with him to the backseat.
As her residence neared, Rajput warned the child of dire consequences if she spoke about the incident to anyone.
Vile Parle resident Ramesh Rajput committed the crime on the young girl on Tuesday afternoon when the bus was dropping children home, police officials said.
Police arrested Rajput on Thursday and booked him for rape and molestation under the Indian Penal Code and invoked several sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act, 2012.
He was produced before the Andheri magistrate court on Friday and remanded in police custody till February 1. Meanwhile, the bus driver was made a witness in the case based on his version that he was unaware of what was going on in the back.