A teacher of a government school in central Delhi’s Ajmeri Gate was on Saturday arrested for allegedly sodomising a class 11 student inside a classroom a day earlier.
The 17-year-old boy’s family said the teacher had threatened against disclosing it to anybody. The teacher had earlier attempted to sodomise the boy a year ago, they said. A case of sodomy and threatening a minor was registered at the Kamla Market police station on Saturday.
The teacher, Bilal Ahmed, a native of Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh, was arrested in the evening. He was produced before a Delhi court that sent him to Tihar jail.
Bilal, a police officer said, is a trained graduate teacher. The school is managed by the Delhi Education Society. Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung is the president of the school managing committee, the officer said.
In his statement recorded before a local NGO, the boy said he was sodomised in the National Service Scheme (NSS) room of the school around 12.30 pm.
“The teacher had threatened to fail the student in his exams if he revealed the sexual assault. The boy told us that the teacher made a similar attempt over a year ago, but he did not inform his family as he was scared,” said the senior officer. The boy had stopped going to Bilal’s home for tuitions when the latter attempted to sexually abuse him.
On Friday, when the other children left for home, Bilal asked the boy to stay back on the pretext of giving him some suggestions related to his subject. “He took him to the NSS room and sodomised him. The boy informed his parents and they approached the local police,” the officer said.
It has been alleged that Bilal may have sexually assaulted more students with the help of two other teachers. “They have been working in the school for over 25 years and have the support of the school management. Some female teachers alleged they were harassed by them,” a police source said.
A female teacher in the school too had complained about the behaviour of the three teachers with the Delhi government’s directorate of education in 2012. No action was taken and the complainant was suspended in February, said a police source.