A special court on Wednesday remanded the visiting faculty member of an English-medium school,for allegedly molesting about 22 Class V students,in two days police custody.
Following a complaint lodged by school authorities on Tuesday,the Chatushringi police arrested Dr Pradip Balwant Gothaskar (45) under Sections 7,9 (f),10 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
Gothaskar was produced in the court of Additional Sessions Judge,Vinay Joshi on Wednesday. Police said that custodial interrogation of Gothaskar was required to ascertain whether he was helped in committing the crime. The police said that investigation is also on to know if he committed similar offences earlier.
According to police reports,Gothaskar has been working as a visiting faculty in the school since 2011. On February 5,a student of Class V brought a complaint of sexual harassment against him for the first time to the school authorities. The authorities then initiated an internal inquiry and found that he had allegedly harassed 22 girl students of Class V. It was only after this that the school authorities approached the police and senior police inspector Bhanupratap Barge of social security cell crime branch then held a meeting with the school authorities and parents of these young girls. Following this,the school lodged a formal police complaint against the suspect.