Teacher held for molesting 12 minor girls at UP government school in Shahjahanpur dist
In a shocking incident, at least 12 girl students—all minors—were allegedly molested by their computer teacher at a government-run school in Uttar Pradesh’s Shahjahanpur, police said on Monday, adding that accused has been arrested.
A senior police official said that the accused, identified as Mohammad Ali, who was posted as computer instructor at a junior government school in Tilhar area, was arrested for allegedly molesting at least 12 minor girl students, including some Dalit girls.
Talking to news agency PTI Circle Officer (Tilhar) Priyank Jain said that the school’s principal and an assistant teacher have also been charged in connection with the case and placed under suspension.
The officer said that the principal allegedly turned a blind eye to the incident and did not take any action against the accused despite receiving complaints from the students.
Giving details, the officer while citing a complaint filed by village head Lalta Prasad, the accused allegedly molested a Dalit girl on Saturday, following which the girl along with his other victims narrated their ordeal to their families.
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After the revelation, the family members of the minor girls accompanied by other villagers, arrived at the school and raised a hue and cry while demanding the arrest of the accused and action against school authorities.
The CO said a police team was rushed to the spot who pacified the aggrieved families and recorded the statements of the girls and some teachers of the school on the spot, adding that the girls have been sent for a medical examination.
The senior officer said that based on the complaint, an FIR has been registered against the accused under sections of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act and sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), adding that further investigation is underway.
District Basic Shiksha Adhikari Kumar Gaurav said the accused computer teacher has been terminated while the school principal Anil Kumar and assistant teacher Sajia have also been suspended with immediate effect for dereliction of duty.
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