Kolkata: School teacher held for ‘molesting’ around 20 students

Police said several parents had earlier submitted a memorandum to the school authorities on Thursday, calling for strong action against the teacher.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:August 7, 2016 3:04 am

A teacher at a private school was arrested Saturday for allegedly molesting around 20 students in his class over a period of time, police said.

Ashim Kumar Rai (55), a maths teacher at a school in Magajati Nagar, North 24 Parganas, was charged with molesting students in a complaint filed by the mother of a 11-year-old, said Deputy Commissioner of the detective department Santosh Pandey.

Police said several parents had earlier submitted a memorandum to the school authorities on Thursday, calling for strong action against the teacher. When no action was taken, parents assembled at the school gate on Saturday morning to confront the teacher. The police were subsequently called in, and the accused was arrested.

“My daughter had complained about this teacher nearly 10 days ago, following which my wife also heard similar complaints from other parents. We brought the matter to the attention of the headmistress, who transferred the him to a different class,” said the parent of one of the victims. It is alleged that the teacher continued misbehaving in the new class as well.

“We have registered a case under section 8 of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and section 354 of the IPC, and have started an investigation,” Pandey said. Rai has been remanded to 15 days in judicial custody.

Tutor booked for beating child

Parents of five-year-old Aniruddha Debnath lodged an FIR against a tutor, Baisakhi (30), for allegedly beating their child. The complainant, Laltu Debnath, told The Sunday Express that his son had been beaten mercilessly with a stick. When the mother went to pick up her son – an asthma patient – she found him crying. He was taken to a nearby hospital, after which an FIR was lodged at Baranagar Police Station. Police said an investigation had begun, but no arrests had been made yet.

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