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Teacher forced girls to dance, suspended

In a shocking incident, a primary school teacher in Madhya Pradesh’s Betul district allegedly asked a student to fetch liquor for him, drank it in the classroom and then forced girl students to dance for him.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2012 23:08 IST
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In a shocking incident, a primary school teacher in Madhya Pradesh’s Betul district allegedly asked a student to fetch liquor for him, drank it in the classroom and then forced girl students to dance for him. When the students, aged between seven and eleven, refused to dance, he caned them, the police said.

The incident took place on January 23 in Devchowki village and came to light when students and their parents complained to district collector Chandra Shekhar Borkar. The teacher, Mahesh Malviya, was suspended the next day following a preliminary probe. However, no FIR has been lodged against him. A police team has been sent to record the statements of the students.

Some media reports claimed the “dance practice” was being carried out as a part of the Republic Day function. However, officials did not confirm the same.

The parents of a 10-year-old schoolboy alleged that Malviya had given Rs 30 to their son to buy a liquor bottle from the market.

Taking the issue seriously, Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee president Kantilal Bhuria also sent a committee headed by state Congress general secretary Shashi Rajput to probe the incident.

The committee probe also substantiated the charges levelled by the girl students against the teacher.

The committee has demanded the suspension of the district education officer (DEO) for reinstating Malviya who had earlier been suspended following allegations of rape and misbehaviour. Malviya has denied the allegations saying a woman teacher of the same school and the villagers, who did not want him to teach in the school, have conspired to defame him.