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Dubai Police investigates child's rape

Amira Agarib (amira@khaleejtimes.com) / 16 January 2011

The Dubai Police arrested three Indians for allegedly raping a four-year-old girl in a school bus. The investigation team set traps to arrest these criminals.

Interrogation is still underway to find out whether the convicts have committed similar crimes earlier.

On January 11, the child’s mother informed the Bur Dubai Police station that three Indians, including 42-year-old driver MB, 43-year-old attendant J, and 39-year-old cleaner VST, who work for a school based in Nad Al Shiba had raped her daughter in the school bus on November 11, 2010.

The mother said that the father had dropped his daughter at the school in the morning. However, the girl left the school early as it was the last day and she took the school bus.

According to the mother, she had called the driver at 10am and had told him that she would wait outside her apartment after 15 minutes to pick up her child.  However, the bus driver told her not to come until he called her.

An hour later the child was dropped at her home in Karama. According to the mother, there was no other student in the bus which was unusual.

While the mother was changing her daughter’s clothes she noticed blood spots on her dress.  Suspecting something amiss, she took the child, who was hysterical, to the doctor in a private clinic who in turn advised the mother to take the daughter to Al Wasl hospital.

However, the parents, apprehensive about highlighting the issue and having problems with the school, decided to go to India.

The doctor in India said that the girl had been raped and had lost her virginity. Laboratory tests however revealed that the girl has not contracted any transmissible diseases.

After returning to Dubai,  the mother informed the Bur Dubai Police Station that she suspected the bus driver and two other staff who often accompanied him in the bus, had raped the child.

According to the child, the bus driver stopped the bus at an unfamiliar place. Then, one of the staff gave her a candy and all of them took her to back seat and started touching her. After that, she started crying when she felt the pain and then they took her home.

Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Director of General Department of Investigation, said that the three suspects had confessed to their crime.

The suspects said that they were confident that the family of the child would never inform anybody about what had happened and that the issue would be closed.

According to Al Mansouri, the police reacted immediately after being informed by the family.  A specialised police team started the investigation despite the delay in being informed.

The child’s mother had kept the clothes worn by the child at the time of the incident. The clothes were stained and carried evidences. The evidences have been sent to the forensic laboratory to see if they match with the suspects’ DNA. Al Mansouri said the police found that the suspects had raped her in the school bus and that the bus driver was the first to rape the girl followed by the other suspects.

 
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