The Nerul police on Tuesday detained a school principal after hundreds of people staged a protest over the rape of a minor girl by a teacher of the same school. The principal has been accused of protecting the accused and threatening to harm the girl’s parents if they refused to keep mum. The minor’s father told HT that the principal even offered Rs1 crore, asking him not to approach the police.
Even as the incident took place in September, the Nerul police allegedly did not take the matter seriously and the accused went into hiding taking advantage of the lax attitude of the investigating officers, claimed the girl’s parents. The teacher is still on the run.
After the girl’s parents brought this matter to the notice of the police chief Hemant Nagrale, an assistant police inspector from Nerul police station was suspended on Monday for not paying due attention to the case. The incident however, could open a can of worms as the girl’s parents claim that many other students were also sexually abused by the same teacher.
“I know many other parents who have similar experiences. But they are not coming out as they are more concerned about the future of their children,” said the girl’s father.
The accused teaches English and is said to have raped the minor during her PT class in April and September, following which the girl got pregnant.
“The principal first offered me Rs1 crore to keep quiet. When we refused to accept the money, she started threatening us. She told me that the accused is a powerful man and that we will not be able to do anything as we are not from Maharashtra. She also tried to lure us by giving free admissions to our daughter,” he said.
The protest was lead by MP Rajan Vichare. “If minor girls are not safe in their schools, then where will they be safe? The police should take all possible action to bring accused to book,” he said.
Meanwhile, two police teams has left for Uttar Pradesh and Delhi search and arrest the accused. The Navi Mumbai crime branch is also investigating the case simultaneously.
Assistant commissioner of police Dhanraj Dayama said, “We detained the principal for enquiries, but are yet to arrest her. We are investigating to find out if she really protected the accused. So far, no other parents have come to us with similar complaints.”