The librarian of a city-based school was arrested and booked under the stringent POCSO Act on Friday after a group of parents lodged a complaint that he had provided vulgar information to Class 5 students, including how to kiss, a senior police officer said.
The alleged incident occurred in the Christ Church Jabalpur Diocesan High School, a co-educational institution located at the CMS campus. It is governed by the Church of North India (CNI) and is affiliated to the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE).
According to the parents, who also staged a protest at the school on Friday, the librarian went to Class 5 on September 3 in the absence of a regular teacher and gave vulgar information, including how to kiss, to the students. This act of the librarian amounted to indecency and he should be kicked out of the school, they demanded.
“The school administration is not paying heed to the complaints of parents. Now a stage has reached where indecent information is being delivered to the children,” father of a girl student said.
Despite repeated attempts, the Church of North India (Jabalpur Diocese) Bishop PC Singh could not be contacted for his comment on the matter.
City Superintendent of Police (Omti) Azeem Khan said the accused librarian, Harry Theophilis, was arrested on Friday evening after preliminary investigation, and booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
Police have recorded the statements of the protesting parents and action will be taken accordingly, he said, adding that further investigation in the matter was on.