School­teacher booked for sodomis­ing two Class­9 boys

35­year­old San­skrit teacher al­legedly as­saulted the two stu­dents while they were tour­ing Kar­nal for per­form­ing in an in­ter­school event

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HINDUSTANTIMES HTPUNJAB&HARYANA - Neeraj Mo­han

KAR­NAL: A 35-year-old San­skrit teacher of a govern­ment school in In­dri has been booked for al­legedly sodomis­ing two Class 9 stu­dents dur­ing a tour to Kar­nal.

The ac­cused, iden­ti­fied as Dr Shis­han Pal of govern­ment (boys) se­nior sec­ondary school in In­dri, al­legedly as­saulted the boys, who were among a group of eight stu­dents tour­ing Kar­nal to par­tic­i­pate in a cul­tural pro­gramme on Septem­ber 27 and 28.

Pal was on Thurs­day booked un­der the Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren From Sex­ual Of­fences (POCSO) Act af­ter the district child wel­fare com­mit­tee reg­is­tered a com­plaint at the In­dri po­lice sta­tion. In­dri Po­lice Sta­tion in-charge Ra­jiv Ku­mar has said in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on to ar­rest the ac­cused, who went on earned leave on Oc­to­ber 7.

TIP-OFF LED TO IN­VES­TI­GA­TION

Haryana State Com­mis­sion for Pro­tec­tion of Child Rights (HSCPCR) mem­ber Paramjit Singh Badola said act­ing on a tipoff, he di­rected the district child wel­fare com­mit­tee to record state­ments of the two stu­dents. Along with mem­bers of the wel­fare com­mit­tee, Badola reached the school on Oc­to­ber 9 and started in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Dur­ing coun­selling, the two stu­dents al­leged that the teacher took them to a pri­vate hospi­tal on the night of Septem­ber 27, where he sodomised them. They added that Pal had ear­lier also tried to touch them in­ap­pro­pri­ately dur­ing re­hearsals and used abu­sive lan­guage.

In a com­plaint filed with the In­dri po­lice sta­tion, the CWC says that on Septem­ber 28, the stu­dents had told the then school prin­ci­pal Ravindra Sachdeva about the in­ci­dent, but he failed to take ac­tion and re­tired on Septem­ber 30.

Speak­ing to Hindustan Times, Paramjit Badola said, “Soon af­ter we got in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent, we reached the school and started in­ves­ti­ga­tion on Oc­to­ber 9. Dur­ing coun­sel­ing, two stu­dents al­leged that the teacher sex­u­ally as­saulted them. An­other stu­dent also al­leged that he felt Pal was do­ing wrong things when they were asleep.”

“We have filed a com­plaint with the po­lice against the ac­cused and ac­tion should also be taken against the then prin­ci­pal, who failed to take ac­tion even af­ter the stu­dents in­formed him,” he added.

Later, on Oc­to­ber 6, the stu­dents again con­fided in school in-charge Sarla Sang­wan. Sang­wan re­port­edly asked the ac­cused to give clar­i­fi­ca­tion the same day. The in-charge told the com­mis­sion that the ac­cused ad­mit­ted to his of­fence in a writ­ten state­ment. “Af­ter I came to know about the in­ci­dent, I in­formed the block ed­u­ca­tion of­fice. The prin­ci­pal and BEO, how­ever, failed to ex­plain as to why po­lice com­plaint was not filed,” Sang­wan said.

‘IN­CI­DENT EX­POSES SE­RI­OUS LAPSES’

District child wel­fare com­mit­tee chair­man Surendra Mann, mean­while, has said the in­ci­dent has ex­posed se­ri­ous lapse in the se­cu­rity of stu­dents in schools. Dur­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion, it was found that the ac­cused teacher had taken the chil­dren for the tour a day be­fore the event and made them stay in a gu­rud­wara on Septem­ber 26, he said and added: “The next day af­ter their per­for­mance around 1.30 pm, he took six chil­dren to a pri­vate hospi­tal in the city. Other two stu­dents had re­turned to In­dri.”

HT PHOTO

A meet­ing of Haryana child rights panel and mem­bers of the child wel­fare com­mit­tee in progress at In­dri, Kar­nal.

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