A school bus cleaner was arrested on Saturday and charged with the rape of a four-year-old student under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offence Act. Badlapur police said the assault took place in the bus when the survivor was alone with a friend in it while it was parked in the compound of an English-medium school eight days ago. The girl, threatened by the accused, had kept quiet, but the horror was revealed when she complained of pain and was hospitalized for treatment. Cleaner Sandeep Kerve was arrested from his home after the girl's family approached the police. On September 6, the girl, along with her another friend, left their class room early, at 4.30pm, and went to the school bus parked in the compound to grab good seats. Finding the girl and her friend alone in the bus, Kerve took the child to the backseat under the pretext of showing her magic and sexually abused her, said police. When the girl cried for help, her friend rushed to the back seat to see what was wrong. The accused told the girls not to tell anyone of the incident, threatening to kill both of them. Police said Kerve again threatened the two girls after the other kids came out from the school. He then accompanied the bus to drop all the children to their destinations, as on other days. Second visit to hospital revealed assault
Badlapur police said the bus cleaner, who raped a four-year-old girl in the school bus when she was alone with a friend earlier this month, threatened the two girls repeatedly not to reveal anything to anyone. Sandeep Kerve (27) threatened to kill the girls if they told anyone. He again threatened them after the other kids came out from the school. He then accompanied the bus to drop all the children to their destinations, as he would do on other days. Police said on the day of the incident, the victim's family was busy preparing to go to Thane to their relatives' house for a puja, so the victim didn't tell her parents about the incident or that she was in...
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