Police hunt for proof to nail teacher
The police are yet to get evidence against Uma Khurana, who has been accused by a television channel of forcing her students into prostitution, reports Abhishek Bhalla.delhi Updated: Sep 01, 2007 02:00 IST
The police are yet to get evidence against Delhi Government schoolteacher Uma Khurana, who has been accused by a television channel of forcing her students into prostitution. Under the circumstances, a case can be framed against her only if she confesses, the police said.
“At the moment we have no evidence in any form to suggest that she was running a prostitution racket. If she confesses to the crime our case might get stronger,” said a senior police officer. With no complainants coming forward, police say there is little chance of the case moving forward. They have taken a two-day police remand from a city court for carrying out further investigations. Khurana has been arrested under the Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act of 1956.
TV channel India Live had shown the mathematics teacher fixing up a deal with a reporter, who was posing as a customer. It also recorded the statement of a student who accused the teacher of forcing her into prostitution.
The police arrested Khurana early on Friday morning after she was discharged from Ram Manohar Lohia hospital. An angry mob attacked her and tore up her clothes outside her school near Turkaman Gate on Asaf Ali Road on Thursday after the TV channel aired the sting operation.
On Friday, the police searched Khurana’s house in Yojana Vihar in East Delhi but have not been able to recover any incriminating evidence. They found 24 CDs, 21 of which contain games. Contents of the other three are being examined.
The police are waiting for the channel to give them the unedited footage of the sting operation. “We have asked the channel for the footage so that we can move forward with the investigation,” said Alok Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Central District.