Mumbai teacher held for sexual harassment of teen

Apart from the accused, the FIR names seven others, including the principal and other teachers.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:November 10, 2016 12:53 am

A TEACHER from a prominent school in the eastern suburbs of Mumbai has been arrested for allegedly harassing a student and tampering with her marks.

As per the complaint, the accused was the class teacher of the Class X student. The complaint states that between July 2015 and May 2016, he made advances towards the girl. He allegedly told her that he could give her better grades if she agreed. The accused was booked under IPC Sections 354 (A) (sexual harassment), 354(D) (stalking), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 509 (outraging modesty of a woman) and relevant sections under Information Technology Act and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO)Act.

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Apart from the accused, the FIR names seven others, including the principal and other teachers.

The accused was produced before the special POCSO court Wednesday and subsequently sent to police custody for two days.

Chief public prosecutor Lata Chheda told the court, “The victim was threatened so much that she did not appear in three of her prelim exams.” She also told the court that others in the school allegedly tampered with the girl’s marks because she complained against the teacher. “We want to interrogate him in custody to find how he managed to tamper with the answer sheets,” she said.

The accused’s lawyer said the teacher resigned from the school after the victim’s complaint and had nothing to do with the alleged tampering of marks.