Coun­selling help cops nab ‘mo­lester’ sweeper in Gurgaon

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - REGION - Ab­hishek Behl ab­hishek.behl@hin­dus­tan­

GURGAON: A coun­selling ses­sion telling chil­dren about ‘good touch, bad touch’ at a school in Gurgaon’s on Wed­nes­day helped po­lice nab a school em­ployee, who had al­legedly abused two mi­nor girls a cou­ple of days ear­lier. On Wed­nes­day, the mat­ter was brought to light by two stu­dents of a school, run by an NGO, dur­ing the coun­selling class. The school man­age­ment later checked the CCTV footage from a day ear­lier and lodged a com­plaint at the women’s po­lice sta­tion in Sec­tor 51.

In their com­plaint, the school of­fi­cials named one Suresh Ku­mar, 33, as a ac­cused and a case was reg­is­tered un­der Sec­tion 10 of the POCSO Act. Ku­mar, a sweeper at the school, was later ar­rested and sent to Bhondsi jail on Wed­nes­day.

Wed­nes­day was, how­ever, not the first in­stance when a case of sex­ual abuse had been ex­posed by mi­nor vic­tims af­ter be­ing ed­u­cated about ‘good touch, bad touch’ at their school.

In the first week of July, a mi­nor girl had re­vealed sex­ual abuse by her grand­fa­ther af­ter be­ing coun­selled about the dif­fer­ent kind of touches and the grand­fa­ther was later ar­rested.

Two months later, an­other coun­selling ses­sion in a school en­abled a teenager to speak about her al­leged rape by her fa­ther. In both the cases, the ac­cused were promptly ar­rested and sent to jail.

The lat­est in­ci­dent at the DLF Phase 3 school comes close on the heels of the mur­der of an eightyear-old Class 2 stu­dent al­legedly by a bus con­duc­tor at the Ryan In­ter­na­tional School, Bhondsi. In the Ryan case, the prime ac­cused, Ashok Ku­mar, 42, had al­legedly con­fessed try­ing to sex­u­ally as­sault the boy be­fore slit­ting his throat.

Po­lice said, the ac­cused Suresh Ku­mar had al­legedly mo­lested the girls when they went to use the wash­room on Mon­day. The ac­cused, po­lice added, is a res­i­dent of Nathupur vil­lage and hails from Jhark­hand. He was em­ployed by the school in March 2017. Af­ter get­ting the com­plaint from the girl stu­dents, the school au­thor­i­ties checked the CCTV cam­era record­ing and found the ac­cused get­ting out of the girl’s wash­room right af­ter the two girls leave.

“The girls told their teacher that the ac­cused had tried to hold their hands, grab them by the waist and touch their pri­vate parts,” said a po­lice of­fi­cial.

Ac­cused Suresh Ku­mar

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