A bet of Rs. 500 with a friend was all it took for a boy of class 8 to grope a pregnant teacher from behind in full view of the class she was in.
Though the boy, 14, took minimum precaution by covering his face with a handkerchief, his luck failed him as the facial cover fell on the floor while he was bounding out of the class after having done the mischief.
And the school - St Thomas' School - is in denial mode.
The institution was founded in 1789 and is the oldest surviving English-medium school in West Bengal.
The teacher, about 30, lodged an FIR against the student at the local police station on July 16, the day the incident happened.
Though the punishment for this offence can be two years' imprisonment, the police have referred the case to the Juvenile Justice Board because the student is a minor.
The board authorities have sent the boy to a reformatory for 14 days.
After the police complaint, the parents took the boy's transfer from the school.
"We have registered a case of outraging of modesty. But since the accused is a minor, we did not arrest him," said K Ahmed Hasmi, officer-in-charge of the police station.
The incident took place just before 11am, when she was teaching Hindi in class 6. The accused simply ran into the room and forced himself on her.
"The teacher fell on the floor … She is carrying a baby of seven months. The school authorities initially tried to suppress the incident. But we started a case after the teacher lodged a complaint on the day of the incident," Hasmi said.
Principal John AK Ghosh tried to play down the incident.
"No such incident took place. It was a simple incident of misbehaving with the teacher."
The principal also said it was a closed chapter because the parents took his transfer.