A Mumbai-based school teacher and her 16-year-old student who met during a dance show last year, developed a relationship, and decided to elope on January 25.
Thirty-nine days later on Friday, the boy, who was reported missing, was traced to Bangalore after he logged into his Facebook account, and the teacher was arrested and booked for kidnap, wrongful confinement and under certain sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
The teacher, Anjali Singh, was released on bail on Saturday, while the boy in a statement said he had gone willingly. A police officer said, “We presented Singh before the court on Saturday where she was remanded to judicial custody… She was later released on bail bond of 15,000.”
The two had met during a show last year and, according to the police, had remained in touch since. They said the two met regularly during school hours at a school in Santacruz and also continued to interact regularly through SMS. “Over a period of time, they got into a relationship,” an officer said.
The boy’s father, who owns a dairy in Santacruz recalls the day his son went missing: “My son told me that from school, the two had gone to watch a movie in a mall at Malad.” After the movie, they allegedly got scared about being seen together and decided to elope, he said, adding “Singh called up her friend and asked him for the route to Goa”.
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Once the couple reached Goa, according to the police, they ran out of money and were forced to sell their mobile phones in Vasco Da Gama city, Goa. Deepak Phatangare, Inspector in Mumbai’s Crime Branch said that after tracking the phones a police team was sent there, but by then, the couple had left for Bangalore.
Singh had since been working in a mall as a sales attendant. “On Wednesday, the boy logged in on his account from a cyber cafe and we traced him through the IP address,” said Phantangare.
Now the boy’s father says he will be admitted to a school outside the state as his “studies and career were more important than love”.