07/02/2016 10:27 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

School Principal Arrested For Allegedly Attempting Rape On Eight-Year-Old In Gurgaon

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Indian school students participate in an awareness Campaign against Child Sex Abuse (CSA) in Hyderabad on November 19, 2014, the World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse. More than 53 percent of children in India have faced sexual abuse, according to reports. AFP PHOTO / Noah SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)

GURGAON -- Aarsha International School director-principal has been arrested by the Palam Vihar Police in connection with attempt to rape on an eight-year-old girl of his school.

Station House officer of the Palam Vihar Police Station Sandeep Kumar told ANI that police on Saturday arrested and booked the 72-year-old accused, Ramgopal, a former air force officer, under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, following the complaint by the victim's parents.

The incident came to light on Saturday when the girl refused to go to school in Ashok Vihar, Phase 3, and after her parents asked her about the reason, she told them about the incident that took place on Friday, said the SHO.

The victim purportedly told her parents that the accused called her in his camber during the school time and attempted to rape her.

The father of the victim is an auto-rickshaw driver and they live in the same locality.

The SHO said they would produce him before the Duty Magistrate on Sunday, and would seek his remand.

The incident came close on the heels of the parents of six-year-old Divyansh, a Class 1 student at Ryan International School in Vasant Kunj area in Delhi, writing to HRD Minister Smriti Irani, demanding a CBI probe into the death of their child on the school campus, whose body was found in a water tank under the school's amphitheatre on 30 January.

Hinting a possible sodomy in the case, Divyansh's father claimed that injuries were found on the body of his child and accused the school authorities of shielding the accused in the case.

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