Mumbai: A four-year-old nursery student of premier school in Juhu was allegedly raped on Tuesaday afternoon by the conductor of the school bus. The 35-year-old conductor, who has been identified as Ramesh Rajput, has been arrested.
The crime took place in the moving bus when it was dropping children home. The victim was the last child left on the 16-seater vehicle.
Police officers said that, in breach of a state government policy, no woman attendant was present on the bus at the time of the offence. The school, however, insisted that a female attendant was at hand and it was she who "confronted" conductor Rajput and "stopped" him.
Police arrested Rajput on Thursday and booked him for rape and molestation under the Indian Penal Code and invoked several sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012. He was produced before the Andheri magistrate court on Friday and remanded in police custody till February 1.
Meanwhile, the bus driver was made a witness in the case based on his version that he was unaware of what was going on in the back.