The villagers of Bhora Kalan near Pataudi protested outside the government senior secondary school on Saturday and demanded the arrest of the Hindi teacher after four girls alleged that they have been molested by him repeatedly over the last 20 days.
The accused has been identified as Shiv Kumar, a resident of Rewari.
According to the report lodged against Kumar, he molested the girls throughout February. He had also threatened the students with dire consequences if they spoke about the harassment to anyone.
As a result, the girls, who were earlier active in the class and cheerful at home, became serious and were reluctant to go to school, the police said.
When their family members noticed the changes, they enquired with the girls if anything was wrong. One of the minors told her family about the trauma she and her friends were facing after which the family members filed a police complaint.
The police on Friday registered a case under section 506 (threatening for life) of the IPC and under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act at the Bilaspur police station.
The police recorded the statements of the girls under 164 CrPC before a magistrate on Saturday.
A preliminary probe has found the allegations to be true. The students alleged that Shiv Kumar molested them a number of times, made lewd comments to them and touched them inappropriately.
“We visited the school and the village and recorded the statements of the minors. A case has been registered and we have formed teams to arrest him,” said inspector Shailender Singh, SHO, Bilaspur police station.
The victim’s family members said they demand justice for their daughters and if police did not arrest the accused they will not let the authorities run the school from Monday.