The police arrested a teacher of a government school in Pataudi on charges of molesting four girl students. The accused was held from his home in Rewari on Sunday night and produced in a court on Monday from where he was sent to judicial custody, said a police officer at Bilaspur police station.
The villagers of Bhora Kalan near Pataudi had protested outside the government senior secondary school on Saturday and demanded arrest of Hindi teacher Shiv Kumar, 43, after four girls alleged that they have been molested by him repeatedly over the last 20 days.
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.
The police had on Friday registered a case under section 506 (threatening for life) of the IPC, the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, and the SC/ST Act at the Bilaspur police station.
The police recorded the statements of the girls under 164 CrPC before a magistrate on Saturday. 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. A preliminary probe 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.