A Chatsworth father of two, charged for the alleged rape of a seven-year-old girl, was denied bail in the Chatsworth Magistrates’ Court, last Friday, reports the Rising Sun Chatsworth.
Gonasagren Gramani, 55, will reappear in court this week.
It is alleged that the victim had travelled in the accused’s carpool to-and-from school since she was five-years-old.
A source disclosed that the parents of the child noticed an injury on her head when she got home from school, which led them to question her as to how she got injured.
Communications officer of the Bayview police Warrant Officer Collin Chetty confirmed the incident and said a case of rape was opened at the Bayview police last Wednesday and was being investigated by the Chatsworth Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit.
Chatsworth Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit’s Colonel Ellappen said: “The child had been raped on several occasions by the accused. She travelled with the accused on a daily basis, and this is a serious matter which goes beyond this incident, as the man had other children in his care as well. We are appealing to parents to question their children with regards to the day-to-day events when they are away from home.”
Parents should be cautious in terms of the appearance and behavioural changes of their children.
“Children should also be taught that their bodies are sacred and that nobody has a right to touch it. They should be taught about the ‘good touch’ and the ‘bad touch’ as well. Parents should have an open relationship with their children to encourage them to have the confidence to tell their parents everything,” added Ellappen.
Anyone with information relating to the incident or other incidents of this nature can contact Colonel Ellappen on 031 451-4212 or 083-468-5037.
– Caxton News Service