After a 9th standard girl was allegedly raped by a warden at a boarding school in Magadi, the Karnataka Residential Educational Institutions Society (KREIS) is now planning to appoint women wardens at all girls’ hostels. KREIS runs 114 Kittur Rani Chennamma boarding schools.
Meanwhile, Magadi police are on the lookout for the physical education teacher who allegedly raped the girl studying at a Kittur Rani Chennamma boarding school in Magadi. Police said the accused Yacoob Khan was appointed as an alternative warden at the girls’ hostel last year.
The incident came to light two days ago when the victim was taken to a government hospital after she complained of uneasiness. Doctors at the hospital confirmed that the girl was 22 weeks pregnant.
“The girl’s parents came down to Magadi and a complaint was lodged against the warden on Saturday. According to the girl, the accused, who was appointed as in-charge warden last year, sexually abused her. The accused was transferred to Raichur in February. A team has been formed to track down the accused,’’ Deputy Superintendent of Police M N Ramalingappa told Express. Magadi police said that Yacoob Khan is a native of Hospet.
According to Magadi police, the principal had appointed a non-teaching staff as warden since no woman staff member was available for the post.
The principal also stated that it was on the directions of the District Social Welfare Officer that a physical education teacher was appointed on temporary basis.
“We have directed the district officer in Ramanagaram to submit all relevant documents in this regard,” an official said.
“During enquiry, the officers in the social welfare department in Magadi stated that there was some communication in this regard from the district office,’’ he added.
“KREIS has 114 Kittur Rani Chennamma boarding schools and at some girls’ hostels, there still are some male wardens. We will appoint women wardens in all those hostels,’’ Assistant Director Singari Gowda said.