Two teachers have been arrested after they allegedly sexually assaulted a 4-year-old girl in a school bathroom.
The girl’s parents realized something was wrong with their daughter when she came home from school on Nov. 30 complaining of pain in her genitals. The girl’s mother noticed blood in her daughter’s urine and suspected a urinary tract infection, according to The Times of India.
The mother took the girl to a pediatrician who shocked the parents with the news that their daughter showed signs of sexual assault.
“When prodded, she said two teachers touched her private parts,” the girl’s father said, according to The Times.
The girl’s parents immediately took her to a police station where they filed a report. The young girl gave a video statement and later identified the teachers who allegedly assaulted her from photographs.
Abhishek Ray, 32, and Mohammad Mofizuddin, 30, both physical education teachers, were arrested by police on Dec. 1.
The two men teach at the GD Birla Centre for Education, a mostly-girls school in Kolkata, India.
“I had spent so much money to get my daughter admitted in this school and could never imagine she would have to face such abuse,” the girls father said, according to India Today. “I don’t think any child is safe in that school.”
Partha Chatterjee, the West Bengal education minister, said he is investigating the alleged assault with the “utmost seriousness.”
“I have no words to condemn the incident,” he said, according to The Indian Express. “Strongest punishment should be given to those responsible for the incident.” According to Chatterjee, a similar incident had been reported in the school in 2014.
After learning of the arrests, angry parents and guardians surrounded the school in protest, demanding the principal’s resignation.
“Is it too much to expect the school to just guarantee my child’s protection on the campus?” one parent said, according to The Times.
The school’s principal, Sharmila Nath, met with parents, trying to assure them with news that security cameras would be installed in the school over winter break.
“Give us some time,” she said, according to India Today. “Our top priority is security. A police investigation is underway, give us some time. I’m assuring all the parents that security is top concern for us.”
For some, the principal’s assurances weren’t enough. West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights chairperson Ananya Chakraborti said her commission will be putting the school on notice after the incident.
“The accused teachers have not been suspended and the school has not taken any action yet,” she said, according to India Today. “They have no answers as to why CCTV had not been installed despite records of a previous incident three years back. We shall submit a report to the government and issue them a notice.”