A primary school teacher forced students to strip and dance in the classroom in Chhattisgarh’s Koriya district, in what appeared to be an act of sexual perversion.
Khagesh Kumar Singh — the 35-year-old teacher, father of a two-year-old boy — also instructed the class II students to play kabaddi in the nude.
Those who refused to follow his directive were beaten up.
In Kabaddi, a team sport, two teams occupy opposite halves of a field and take turns sending a ‘raider’ into the other half to win points by tagging or wrestling members of the opposing team.
Seven-year-old Chotelal said the teacher recently took them to a wooded area near the school and told them to play kabaddi after removing their clothes.
“He kept watching us as we nervously obeyed him. He slapped those who declined.”
The police have registered a case against the teacher, who has been working with the school since 1998.
Furious over the incident, parents of the children stormed the school in Koriya district’s Tedma village, about 350 km north of Raipur, on Monday only to discover Singh was absconding.
The students, along with the enraged parents, lodged a police complaint.
However, the teacher fled before the police could reach his home.
Khadganwa block town inspector Naiyar Sai said the teacher, married five years ago, had a deviant bent of mind.
“A number of students have said he forced them to shed their clothes and give in to his demands,” Sai said.
Koriya District Collector Alok Awasthi told Hindustan Times that the police have detained the relatives of the absconding teacher at the police station to compel him to surrender.
The students told the police they were intimidated by the teacher and felt frightened of reporting his misdeeds to their parents.
“My son is too scared to attend school now,” said Ahirban Pando, 34, one of the parents.