A six-year-old girl was raped inside the classroom by her teacher as the other students played outside. The incident took place in the Indian state of West Bengal on Thursday.

Officials said the victim’s mother filed a complaint Sunday after her daughter narrated the ordeal to her. A medical examination was conducted which confirmed she was raped.

“After the child complained of pain in her private parts the mother went to the police and lodged a complaint against the teacher,” said Diwakari Chhetri, president of Chenga Nari Sewa Samiti, a non-governmental organization.

Following this, police took the teacher, identified as 51-year-old Chandraman Khawas, into custody and charged him under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

Meanwhile, Tshering Dahal, the chairperson of the primary school board, has asked police to give the accused “exemplary punishment” and not take it lightly.

The incident comes less than 15 days after a teacher in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh was arrested for raping a six-year-old girl on the pretext of taking extra classes.

Confirming the incident, police said, "The teacher, a distant relative of the girl, asked her and her younger brother to stay back after the classes, saying he would give them tuition. Subsequently, he sent the girl's brother to a shop to buy toffees and allegedly raped her in the school toilet. When the girl's brother returned, he heard her sister's cries from the toilet. On knocking the door, the accused opened it and fled the spot. The girl narrated her ordeal to her mother, after which a rape case was registered against the teacher.”

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Representational image of people protesting against rape. AFP / MONEY SHARMA