The Visnagar police in Gujarat’s Mehsana district Tuesday arrested a science teacher for allegedly raping his minor Dalit girl student.
Police said that the girl’s father lodged an FIR, alleging that the accused teacher had been raping his daughter for the past one year.
According to local police, the victim, a Class 10 student, was first lured by the accused teacher, R D Patel, who is in his 40s, on the pretext of giving good marks in the board examination. He allegedly asked the girl to come to his home where he first had intercourse with the victim.
Police said that the 16-year-old victim had left the high school due to her teacher’s frequent sexual advances. She left her village in Visnagar and settled in Ahmedabad, but the teacher allegedly persuaded her in Ahmedabad as well.
According to police, the victim returned from Ahmedabad and got admission in another school. However, the accused kept blackmailing her. The FIR was lodged after she informed her father about her ordeal, police said. “The accused is from a high school in Kansa village.
He had clicked a few photographs of the girl and was blackmailing her, threatening to make them public. He also threatened her with dire consequences,” said Mehsana district Superinten-dent of Police Chaitnya Mandlik. He added that the report of medical examination was awaited.