A 55-year-old teacher of an Industrial Training Institute (ITI) in Madhya Pradesh’s Hoshangabad, was arrested by police for alleged sexual harassment of a Dalit student, but not before he was “punished” by the saffron brigade.
A video recording of the incident being aired by television channels, shows a group of VHP, Bajrang Dal and ABVP activists storming into the administrative office of the ITI in Hoshangabad, about 75 km from Bhopal, on Wednesday and pulling out the accused Narayan Khatri, trainer wireman with the institute, dragging him to an adjoining hall and forcing him to touch the feet of the alleged victim–a fourth semester student.
The video clip shows that when the teacher refuses to touch the alleged victim’s feet, the group shouted and threatened “to get him arrested for alleged sexual assault under Section 376 (of Indian Penal Code)”.
One of the activists was seen pulling the teacher with a towel that he wore on shoulder, forcing the teacher to bow before the alleged victim.
The group led by Gajendra Chouhan and Ashiwini Sikarwar did not end “the punishment” there, as they are seen prompting the 19-year-old alleged victim to slap on the trainer and beat him up with her slippers.
The group raised Bharat Mata ki Jai, Vande Mataram and Jai Sri Ram slogans while the girl beat up Khatri.
A police team from Dehat police station rushed to the institute after getting a call on the dial 100 and arrested Khatri, said Dehat police station chief D Chandrawanshi.
“The girl in her statement alleged that Khatri was seeking sexual favours from her, verbally abused and slapped her,” he said.
“The girl in her statement alleged that Khatri was troubling her for more than a year, however, she never reported the matter either to the college administration or the police,” he told Hindustan Times.
“Khatri has been arrested and booked for stalking, obscenity and voluntarily causing hurt under Sections 354D, 294 and 323 of Indian Penal Code. He was also booked under the provisions of Scheduled Caste /Scheduled Tribe Act and will be produced before a court,” he said.
Asked about what action the police initiated against the group that was seen in video clip, rough up the trainer, Chandrawanshi said he did not have any information about the incident.
Khatri denied the allegation made by the victim student, saying that he was forced to touch her feet and beaten up by the group.