Child abuse charges force Bengaluru preschool branch to halt operations

The playschool authorities have been asked to provide the police with CCTV footage and offer full cooperation with the investigation.

Child abuse charges force Bengaluru preschool branch to halt operations



After an alleged sexual assault case of a three-and-a-half-year-old emerged in a Bengaluru playschool of a prominent network of preschools, following which parents demanded action against the school, operations at the branch have been closed for now and might be shut down completely.

Stating that the organisation has “elaborate guidelines to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children enrolled in its centres,” a statement by the preschool network said, adding that the organisation had also filed a complaint with the police against Manjunath, the accused in the case.“At that stage our prime importance was to ensure the welfare of the child and provide all possible cooperation to the law enforcement agencies. We are now contemplating further actions against the franchisee which may include initiation of termination of the franchisee, given the serious allegations against them,” the statement read, as per
The News Minute
.

The organisation’s spokesperson said the playschool authorities have been asked to provide the police with CCTV footage and offer full cooperation with the investigation.

“We have blocked the e-portal of the branch and have stopped all new admissions temporarily. We will provide counselling to children and parents individually to help decrease the trauma and bring to fore any other hidden incidents, if authorities permit the same,” the statement says.

On February 17, the parents of a three-and-a-half-year-old child attending the playschool had filed a sexual assault complaint against a school administrator V Manjunath.

Following this, seven other children came forward and filed complaints against Manjunath and also the Principal Dr Veena Ashok, a class teacher named Ayesha and another administrator Preetha.

Totally seven FIRs have been filed till date under relevant sections of the POCSO Act.