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Minor's rape: school director held

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Ayub allegedly violated the school girl for the past few months



M. Salahuddin Ayub

HYDERABAD: Hyderabad police on Thursday arrested Mohammed Salahuddin Ayub, Director of Parkwood International School, located at Manneguda, about 60 km from here, on the charge of sexually assaulting a teenaged student of the school.

A rape case was registered against him three days ago after parents of the Class XI student hailing from Mumbai approached the police alleging that he had violated the teenager for the past few months. The director lived in a penthouse on the premises of the residential school at Manneguda in Vikarabad of neighbouring Ranga Reddy district. According to the First Information Report, the director summoned the girl, who is a minor, to his penthouse on March 10 and sexually assaulted her after offering a cool drink laced with some drug. He allegedly raped her again at gunpoint at the same place a few days later and threatened to kill her and even harm her younger sister studying in the same school.

The accused allegedly clicked photographs and threatened to make them public if she complained to anyone, investigators said. The girl told the police that the director used to administer pills to her to prevent pregnancy and even took her to a doctor in the city.

Special teams led by Detective Department DCP, J. Satyanarayana, collected circumstantial evidence in the case by questioning the school students, staff and the doctor who examined the student. The director's revolver was seized.

A case under sections 376 (rape), 201 (screening evidence) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of Indian Penal Code was registered against him.

Locals and student organisations took out processions demanding serious action against the accused at Manneguda. The Progressive Democratic Students Union submitted a petition to the State Human Rights Commission seeking justice on behalf of the student.

The school's academic in-charge, Ayesha Tanvir, however, condemned the charges and described the case as a malicious campaign against Mr. Ayub.

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