4 schoolboys expelled for rape in Bahrain
Manama, April 9, 2014
Four schoolboys have been expelled after a 14-year-old was raped at a Manama school.
It happened near Bilad Al Qadeem Intermediate School for Boys on March 27, when the victim and two of his fellow students left without permission by jumping over a wall, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
Another student, aged 16, who was already suspended from school for bad behaviour, then allegedly raped the victim while the other two boys watched.
Sources told the GDN that two of the boys, including the alleged rapist, have been arrested.
Two others are still at large and all four have been expelled for their actions, they said.
The Education Ministry confirmed the rape in a statement released yesterday (April 8), adding that the case has been referred to the Public Prosecution and that the victim was receiving psychological counselling.
"The school was the first to discover the incident," it said.
"On March 27, the victim as well as two other students left school by jumping over the wall.
"Staff at the school realised they were absent and searched for them. As they had left without permission, their parents were notified.
"The two students then returned to the school by jumping over a fence again.
"The victim, who had been raped, then returned but was in an abnormal state."
School officials questioned the victim and it emerged that he had been raped in the presence of the other two boys, the statement said.
The ministry launched an investigation upon receiving the complaint from the school. The boy's family also filed a complaint with the police. - TradeArabia News Service