The number of victims in the alleged molestation case that came to light at a school for the deaf and aphasic in Dadar earlier this year has gone up to four during the past one month of investigations, police officers have told Newsline.
On July 2, the Dadar police had arrested the school principal, L Reddy, and staff teacher Dattakumar Patil for allegedly molesting a 13-year-old student with the school. They had been charged with molestation under the Indian Penal Code as well as the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
However, over the last one month, the police have confirmed that three more students with the school were similarly targetted by the accused, bringing the total number of victims up to four, said officials.
“Our investigations had led to the possibility of a total of five students with the school being victims, excluding the complainant. However, two of these said that they had not been targetted by the accused, while the other three confirmed to having been molested,” said DCP Dhananjay Kulkarni, Zone 5.
The police have recorded statements from the four victims and are now making further inquiries into the facts that have come to light during investigations so far. Sources said that as the victims are differently abled, the process is taking longer than usual. The police are enlisting the aid of professional experts in the investigation.
Meanwhile, CCTV outside Reddy’s cabin has not yielded any usable evidence. Reddy is alleged to have made the victims perform obscene acts with him while Patil would allegedly show them photographs of scantily clad women in Reddy’s cabin.
“There are still some aspects of the investigation that we need to complete before we can file a chargesheet in the case. Both the accused are currently in judicial custody,” Kulkarni added.