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School director held on molestation charge

The student went on strike after a parent alleged that the director had molested his daughter, a class VI student.

india Updated: Sep 13, 2006 04:39 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent

Students of the Vishwas Senior Secondary School went on a strike on Tuesday, demanding the arrest of school director Rishi Sagar Vishwas after a parent alleged that he had molested and kissed her daughter, a class VI student.

The protestors blocked traffic on the Delhi-Hisar road and held a demonstration at the Vishwas Meditation Resort. The students shouted slogans against the management and damaged the school's property, including some buses.

The director, who is also a religious leader of the Vishwas Foundation, was later arrested.

Reacting to the incident, school principal Maya Mishra alleged outsiders had vandalised the school even after being told that an inquiry would be instituted. She claimed the miscreants beat up school employees and insulted senior officials.

The second head priest of the Vishwas foundation, Gautam, said, it was "a conspiracy against the school." He alleged that hooligans had entered the premises in the morning when students were reaching school, assaulted the staff and damaged property.

Gautam said the "school management was not given time to investigate the allegations against the director. We had clarified that if the allegations were true, strict action will be taken against the guilty. But the rowdy elements took law into their hands."

Some people reportedly blackened the face of a senior clergyman of the Vishwas Foundation, who tried to intervene.

Two girls narrated the director's alleged misconduct to reporters. Another Vishwas school principal in Panchkula, Neelima Didi, also regretted that the devotees had not been given a chance to speak on the issue. She said the incident was triggered by a "complaint by a girl whose brother had recently been dismissed from the foundation school. His family had been threatening such a retaliation since then."

First Published: Sep 13, 2006 04:33 IST