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Lucknow: Teacher held for sexually harassing Class 2 girls

A private school teacher was arrested for alleged sexual harassment of three girl students of Class 2 in Madiaon area of Lucknow.

lucknow Updated: Feb 08, 2018 15:07 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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The families alleged that the teacher had been harassing the girls for past many days but the kids were unable to narrate it to their parents.(Representative image)

A private school teacher was arrested for alleged sexual harassment of three girl students of Class 2 in Madiaon area of Lucknow on Wednesday. Police said parents of the girls had lodged complaint with the police following which he was arrested after registering an FIR in the matter.

Inspector of Madiaon police station, Amar Nath Verma said the accused Rakesh Kumar is subject teacher of English in Loyal Public Inter College located in Gauribheet locality on Sitapur road.

He said the incident came to light when some parents gathered at the school alleging the teacher of sexually harassing the girls on Wednesday morning. He said initially the family members of one girl turned up with the complaint of sexual harassment but gradually two more families came forward with similar allegations.

He said the families alleged that the teacher had been harassing the girls for past many days but the kids were unable to narrate it to their parents. The teacher had also threatened the girls with dire consequences following which they feared telling it to their parents.

The inspector said the teacher has been booked under multiple IPC sections of sexual harassment and molestation and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The police team had approached the school authorities seeking video footages of CCTVs installed in the school and further probe in the matter is going on.

School principal Navneet Shukla said he was out of station and was not aware about the incident but CCTVs were installed at different locations inside the school premises and classes and the video footage would certainly have recorded the act if the allegations were true. He said the school administration was ready to cooperate with the police investigation.

PAST INCIDENTS

Dec 29, 2017: Qazi Tayyab Zia, the manager of a Saadatganj madarsa, a school of Islamic learning, was arrested for alleged sexual harassment of girls hostellers inside the campus. One 19-year-old girl had later also accused him of raping her multiple times.

Sep 6, 2017: DK Singh, teacher of Tulsi Devi Girls Inter College in Gomti Nagar, was badly thrashed by people allegedly for sexual harassing a 20-year-girl student and handed over to police. The school manager, Mahadev and his son Harsh was also accused for shielding the teacher.

May 12, 2017: Three staffers of a school in Lucknow’s Vrindavan Colony, including a woman, were arrested in connection with the sexual exploitation of a five-year-old girl student of the institution.

First Published: Feb 08, 2018 15:07 IST