A Class 7 student of the prestigious Ramjas School in north Delhi has gone to the police accusing a teacher of molesting and sexually harassing her, prompting a series of similar complaints from angry parents.
An FIR was registered on Saturday, a day after the 13-year-old girl confided in her parents about the incident that took place a week ago on the school premises in Anand Parbat. She alleged the computer teacher had held her captive in the computer lab and molested her, touching her inappropriately and clicking her pictures with his mobile phone. She said he often passed lewd remarks and stared at her, and that other girls had also been subjected to this harassment, the police said.
The teacher, Vinod Kumar, was detained later in the night after a case under the Indian Penal Code and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act was registered, the police said.
Earlier, angry parents joined the victim’s family as they protested outside the co-ed school, demanding strict action, and met the principal. They alleged 14 more students had been subjected to sexual harassment by Kumar, who joined the school only on April 1, and that many of the girls weren’t even attending classes as a result. Some also said this wasn’t the first such incident to occur in the school.
Sources also said another student had filed a complaint with the police on Saturday, but the police said they had received just one complaint. They, however, added that they were trying to contact other students.
“The computer teacher taught students from Class 7 to 9. The girl has alleged that he threatened the students and warned them of dire consequences if they complained to their parents,” a senior police officer said.
The school is part of the Ramjas Foundation, which runs 16 aided and unaided schools in Delhi — including in RK Puram, Ballimaran, Darya Ganj and Karol Bagh — as well as Ramjas College in North Campus.
The school has tied up with NIIT for computer lessons and Kumar was on NIIT’s payroll, said school authorities. “The person joined the school on April 1 and he came through NIIT. As soon as we came to know of the matter, we informed the police and NIIT. It is a very serious matter and will be dealt with in the right manner. The police are already probing the case,” said Devesh Mehta, manager of the school. He added that Kumar had been immediately sacked.