After allegations of sexual harassment, the Buldhana tribal boarding school likely to face cheating charges after the state tribal development commissionerate has found discrepancies in the number of students registered in the school.
According to the commissionerate, the school’s management has shown 381 students on its muster of which 370 are residential students. “To find out the actual number of students, the tribal development commissionerate formed 36 teams, who visited the students’ families. At the end of the exercise, we found only 260 students,” said Girish Sarode, additional tribal development commissioner.
The school’s management may have shown more students on paper to get more grants from the state government, said officials.
“During this exercise, we have also found that the parents are still bringing students who migrated for various reasons and have decided to wait until Monday or Tuesday to decide further course of action,” he said.
“Once the discrepancy is established, an FIR will be filed against the school’s management for fraud,” Sarode told HT.
Many trustees, headmaster, teachers and other employees, including the sweeper, who is the main accused, have been arrested after complaints of sexual harassment were filed against the tribal boarding school in Khamgaon, Buldhana district.
The Buldhana police have registered three FIRs in the case, of which two are for rape and one for molestation. The state government has cancelled registration of the school and has also started the process to shift students to nearby tribal boarding schools.