A 4-year-old Boy Accused of Sexually Assaulting Classmate – What We Parents Need to Do Immediately

News broke out a few hours ago that a four-and-a-half-year-old boy has been accused of sexually assaulting a classmate inside the classroom as well as the washroom of a prominent private school in Delhi on Friday, police said. Yes you heard right, a four-and-half-year-old boy.

The four-year-old girl, initially complained of pain in her lower abdomen and later that night was crying and told her mother about the alleged assault – that the boy unbuttoned her pants in the classroom and used his finger and a sharpened pencil to assault her sexually. The mother of the victim has said that the assault has resulted in wounds in her daughter’s private parts.

In the FIR that has been filed, the victim’s mother says, “She tried pushing him, but could not get away as other children had left and there was no staff around.”

To make matters worse, the school didn’t take the complaint seriously, and didn’t act on it. Which is when the parents of the victim went to the police.

Though a case has been registered, the police are unsure how to proceed further with prosecution because of the age of the young suspect and have consulted legal experts.

This incident is shocking and unbelievable. It raises a very important issue – about how it is never too early to teach our children about their bodies and where to draw the line. We live in a world that is fast and open, and as parents and teachers we need to keep up and open the lines of communication about a topic that is often shied away from. It needs to be age-appropriate of course, but it needs to be spoken about.

We also need to teach children about freedom — how we teach them that “Your freedom ends, where my face begins” is our responsibility. But it has to be done.

It’s disheartening to note how the school reacts every time an incident of sexual assault is concerned. As a society, we need to get our act together and do what it takes to ensure that our boys and girls are safe in schools. In a country where every 2nd child is being exposed to one or the other form of sexual abuse and every 5th child faces critical forms of it we need to wake up and do something about this before more children are hurt – because no one has a right over one’s own body, other than the self.