Now, Sonepat teacher ac­cuses two col­leagues of mo­lesta­tion

Man­age­ment of city’s top pri­vate school de­nies al­le­ga­tions, says they never re­ceived com­plaint against them in last 2 years; ac­cused em­ployed as mu­sic teach­ers

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - PUNJAB & HARYANA - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­

ROHTAK Po­lice have booked two male teach­ers of Pre­sid­ium School in Sonepat for al­legedly mo­lest­ing a fe­male col­league sev­eral times for the last six months.

The com­plainant, a math­e­mat­ics teacher and a res­i­dent of Delhi, filed a com­plaint with the po­lice that the two ac­cused had been touch­ing her in­ap­pro­pri­ately and pass­ing lewd com­ments at her.

The al­leged in­ci­dent took place on the cam­pus of Pre­sid­ium School, Omaxe City, one of the top pri­vate schools in Sonepat. The ac­cused have been iden­ti­fied as dance teach­ers Navdeep and Karan.

The com­plainant said she first ap­proached the school prin­ci­pal with her com­plaint but no ac­tion was taken. She then ap­proached the po­lice, af­ter bear­ing the tor­ture for nearly six months, she said. Based on her com­plaint, the po­lice have booked the two ac­cused un­der sec­tions 354-A (sex­ual ha­rass­ment) and 34 (com­mon in­tent of crime) of the In­dian Pe­nal Code (IPC).

Murthal sta­tion house of­fi­cer (SHO) Phool Ku­mar said they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter and will ques­tion the school prin­ci­pal on why no ac­tion was taken on the vic­tim’s com­plaint.

The in­ci­dent comes close on the heels of a series of sex­ual crimes be­ing re­ported from pri­vate schools in Haryana.

Last week, a stu­dent was mo­lested by a sweeper in a pri­vate school in Pa­ni­pat, while the cops re­ceived an anony­mous let­ter of stu­dent al­leg­ing gang-rape by two school of­fi­cials in Sonepat’s Go­hana.

The in­ci­dents have raised se­ri­ous ques­tions on se­cu­rity ar­range­ments in pri­vate schools, who have now been asked by the state gov­ern­ment to in­stall CCTV cam­eras and build big­ger bound­ary walls for stu­dents’ safety.

A school spokesper­son de­nied the al­le­ga­tions, main­tain­ing that the two ac­cused have been work­ing at the school for the last two years and they never re­ceived any com­plaint against them.

She said the com­plainant teacher was a trainee and her pe­riod of de­ploy­ment was to end soon. She, how­ever, said the school was prob­ing the mat­ter and will bring it to a log­i­cal con­clu­sion.


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