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Another child sexual abuse incident in Kolkata; bus attendant arrested for harassing Class 9 student

The bus attendant Malay Barua had also threatened the girl to keep quiet. This is the second incident of child sexual abuse that has surfaced in Kolkata in the last 24 hours. A dance teacher was arrested Friday for allegedly sexually harassing a class 2 student.

kolkata Updated: Feb 10, 2018 20:47 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Kolkata
Child sexual abuse,sexual harassment case,Kolkata
The school authorities said they will decide what action to take against the accused at a meeting on Monday.(Representational Photo)

A school bus attendant was arrested in Kolkata on Saturday for alleged sexual harassment of a class nine student on the premises of the Bengali-medium educational institution,the second such incident within two days in the capital of West Bengal.

Acting on a complaint lodged by the victim, the police arrested Malay Barua, the bus attendant, on Saturday morning. The school has its own fleet of buses.

The complaint was recorded at Rabindra Sarobar Police Station on Friday evening. Sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act were slapped against Barua.

The alleged crime took place inside the premises of the Kamala Girls’ High School on February 8.

“Malay uncle (the bus attendant) misbehaved with me. I asked him why he was doing it. He asked me to keep quiet and warned that if I revealed it to anybody I would suffer more. Malay uncle used to travel with us in the same school bus,” the student told the media.

A classmate of the victim confirmed the incident.

“My friend shouted when uncle misbehaved. I rushed to her. But before she could tell me anything, Malay uncle told us not to tell anybody or else the situation would get worse,” she said.

The school authorities said they will decide what action to take against the accused at a meeting on Monday.

“We are yet to verify the veracity of the allegation. However, ensuring the safety of our students is our top priority and we will do it,” Sheela Sarkar, teacher-in-charge of the school said. “It is a type of incident that we come across even in some families,” she added.

Police on Friday arrested Soumen Rana, a dance teacher at Carmel Primary School, for alleged sexual abuse of a class 2 student over several months. Rana was sent to police custody for three days by a city court on Saturday.

After the sexual abuse came to light, angry parents demanding action against the accused teacher gathered in front of the school in Deshapriya Park in south Kolkata on Friday. They also alleged that there are no closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras inside the campus and questioned the presence of male teachers in a school meant only for girls.

Two police officers, including the officer-in-charge of Tollygunge police station, were injured in a scuffle with the agitating parents. One person was arrested on charges of assaulting policemen during the agitation.

“We will ensure such things never take place again. Please help us run the school smoothly. Unless you cooperate with us, we cannot run the school,” said sister Shilpa on behalf of the authorities of Carmel Primary School on Saturday.

She said classes will resume from Monday.

First Published: Feb 10, 2018 20:47 IST