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Peon, teacher accused of raping girls in Chhattisgarh hostel

The peon and a teacher of a government run hostel for tribal girls in Chhattisgarh's Kanker district have been arrested for alleged sexual assaulting their wards over months during which time they raped over 10 students.

Deenaram (23), the watchman of Tribal Girls Pre-matric Hostel located in Narharpur police station limits, was arrested following a complaint by Women and Child Development Officer yesterday, Superintendent of Police Rahul Bhagat told PTI.

Mannu Ram Gota (24), a teacher, who is also accused of sexual assault, is absconding, police said.

Representational image. PTI

According to reports, the duo had raped resident students aged between eight to 12 and despite the girls complaining about their ill treatment, the complaint was filed with the police only yesterday.

According to an Indian Express report, the incidents took place till August and the peon would reportedly take the girls to his room where he would rape them along with the teacher.

The girls had reportedly complained to the superintendent of the hostel, who took no action on the complaints.

The girls complained yesterday to a visiting official, who had come to monitor the functioning of the hostel after which action was taken.