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Bengal primary school teacher arrested for molesting girl students, showing them porn

A primary school teacher in Bengal was arrested for allegedly molesting girl students while forcing them to watch pornography inside the school premises. The accused was reportedly exploiting the kids for the last three years and the victims were between nine and 13 years.

kolkata Updated: May 22, 2018 20:01 IST
Pramod Giri
Pramod Giri
Hindustan Times, Siliguri
The accused teacher allegedly sent the boys away before exploiting girl students inside the school premises.
The accused teacher allegedly sent the boys away before exploiting girl students inside the school premises.(HT/Photo for representation)

A local court in Siliguri on Monday sent to jail a 35-year-old primary school teacher who was arrested on Sunday for allegedly molesting girl students while forcing them to watch pornography inside the school premises.

Police said the teacher, Bablu Singha, had been sexually exploiting the primary students for the last three years in the school near Phasidewa in Darjeeling district. Singha’s victims were between nine and 13 years.

“The accused (Bablu Singha) used to force the girl students to remove their clothes and touched their private parts and also compelled them to watch pornographic clips on his mobile phone,” said the complaint lodged by a parent of a victim at Phasidewa Police Station. Police suspect Singha abused many more girls.

“Singha was slapped with sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Act,” said Sanjay Das, the officer-in-charge of Phasidewa police station.

This is the second such incident of abuse within a month after the headmaster of a school in neighbouring North Dinajpur district was accused of raping two of his students multiple times inside the school.

Ranjan Sil Sharma, general secretary of the Darjeeling district chapter of Trinamool Congress-backed West Bengal Primary Teachers’ Association, said that the parents of the victims had brought the incident to the notice of the headmaster some time ago.

“The principal brought it to the notice of the inspector of schools, who, in turn, alerted Pranab Bhattacharya, the chairman of the Primary School Council of Siliguri,” Sharma said.

After Bhattacharya allegedly did not take any action, the parents lodged a complaint with the police. Bhattacharya could not be contacted till Tuesday evening.

The complaint to the police named three students of the school aged between nine and 13 years as victims.

Singha, a resident of Phasidewa, was arrested after preliminary interrogation and primary medical examination of the victims that was carried out at Bidhan Nagar public health centre. Women police officers counselled the victims.

“The accused was produced in court on May 21. The court sent him to judicial custody till May 28,” said the police officer. “The complaint was lodged on May 18. We immediately started investigation.”

Singha allegedly sent the boys away before he exploited the girl students inside the school premises.