The Chandigarh district court Tuesday convicted a dance teacher, Akash alias Eric, of molesting and extorting money from his 17-year-old female student.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Anshu Shukla held Akash, a resident of Panchkula, guilty of using criminal force on woman with intent to outrage her modesty, physical contact and advances involving unwelcome and explicit sexual overtures, extortion, criminal intimidation and under Section 8 of the Protection of Children against Sexual Offences Act, 2012. The court will announce the quantum of punishment on September 4.
The accused was convicted in the case mainly on the basis of victim’s statement. The minor, who studies in an elite school in Chandigarh, used to learn dancing from Akash at his dance academy in Sector 44. On a complaint filed by the victim’s father at the Sector 34 police station, Akash was arrested on January 9 and put behind the bars. On March 13, he was granted bail by the Chandigarh district court.
Appearing for the victim’s father, advocate Terminder Singh had submitted before the court that while imparting training to the victim, Akash befriended her in 2013 and breached the trust of a teacher by emotionally blackmailing her, extorting money from her and molesting her. It was informed that Akash had also forced her to steal money from her house by threatening her.
The minor’s father, in his complaint to the police in January this year, had said that when they came to know about the incident and confronted Akash, he, along with his employer Dipesh Sekhri, visited their house on May 15, 2014, and gave a written apology. However, Akash again started harassing the girl.
When he was again confronted, he, in the present of Sekhri, again apologised and gave a notorised undertaking on August 25, 2014.
However, when he did not stop blackmailing and mentally torturing the minor, a formal complaint was made with the police.