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Dance teacher arrested for ‘molesting’ minor

The victim, aged five, told police that the suspect, 23, had undressed her. The suspect has been suspended by the Kandivali school

| Mumbai | Published: December 8, 2014 2:54:57 am

The Mumbai police registered a case of molestation against a teacher from a well-known school in Kandivali after he allegedly undressed a 5-year-old student of his.

According to senior inspector Mahipati Pandharmise of Kandivali police station, the incident took place on Friday afternoon on the school premises.

“According to the victim’s statement the accused, a 23-year-old dance teacher, had undressed the victim of the one-piece frock that she was wearing. We arrested the accused later that evening from the school premises,” Pandharmise added.

According to the victim’s mother, it was her daughter’s birthday on December 5 and wearing her new dress, she was distributing chocolates to her friends and teachers.

“My daughter confided in me at home and painfully repeated the shameful incident to me. My daughter said she met her dance teacher in their dance room and that’s where the incident took place. A woman teacher supposedly walked into the room and intervened, taking my daughter away from the accused. My daughter is still in shock,” said the victim’s mother.

A suburban magistrate court on Saturday had remanded the accused to one-day police custody in the matter, however, the parents of the victim were unhappy with the decision and sought the support of advocate Avisha Kulkarni.

Kulkarni said that a holiday court on Sunday remanded the accused in police custody till Monday.

The victim’s mother said that the school authorities immediately suspended the teacher.

“The minor cannot possibly be exaggerating, her version is consistent, as when she spoke to the school authorities where she identified her teacher and also with the police,” Kulkarni added.

To find out the exact details of the events that took place in the school that day, Pandharmise said that “as part of our investigation we are studying the CCTV footage in the school and also making inquiries with the other school teachers.”

The police has registered a case of molestation in addition to multiple sections of the Prevention of Children against Sexual Offences Act.

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