Usgao school gardener held for allegedly molesting schoolgirl


The Ponda police on Wednesday arrested a school gardener, Vinod Mascarenhas for allegedly molesting a four-year-old schoolgirl in the school premises at Usgao. The Ponda police informed that the gardener, a resident of Bali Juvem at Usgao in Ponda taluka, allegedly molested the child when she was playing in the garden during school interval on Tuesday morning.
The police informed that the incident came to light after the kindergarten girl complained of discomfort in her private parts after returning from the school. Following the complaint from the child, the parents took her to a doctor for a medical checkup. Upon the checkup, the doctor observed that the victim had suffered a deep abrasion caused by the nails of the culprit on her private parts and raised an alarm that the girl could have been sexually assaulted.
The girl’s parents reported the matter to the Ponda police late Tuesday night. The child was later sent for counselling and revealed the incident. Swinging into action, the police on Wednesday morning arrested the gardener as main suspect from the school premises. The school gardener, however, has denied any involvement in the case despite being identified by the victim.[NT]