Police have booked hostel warden of a school owned by Congress MLA Ashwani Sekhri for allegedly for sodomising a minor.
In her complaint to the police, the minor’s mother alleged that her son, a hosteller, was studying in Class 5 at Cambridge International School and was sexually harassed by the warden, Gulshan Kumar, 28, of Kokhar Fojjian village for over six months.
Police have registered a case under Sections 377 (unnatural offences) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code against the accused on Saturday. The accused is yet to be arrested.
The victim tried to lodge a complaint with the school authorities, but the warden allegedly threatened him with dire consequences. His mother also met Sekhri and sought action against the warden, but to no avail. Later, she filed a complaint with Batala senior superintendent of police Daljinder Singh on June 29.
When contacted, Ashwani Sekhri denied allegations and said it was one-and-half-year-old case and the victim left the school after it. “I even asked the victim’s mother to lodge a complaint with police,” Sekhri added.
Denying Sekhri’s claims, the victim’s mother alleged that the accused was physically abusing her son since September 2015 and it was in March 2016 when her son narrated the incident to her after which she shifted him to other school. When questioned about Sekhri’s claim that the boy had left the school one-and-half-year ago, she said: “I have my son’s certificate which was issued by the school principal for the second term of session 2015-2016.”