2 schoolteachers convicted of molesting students
The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Anshu Shukla today convicted two teachers of molesting girl students belonging to the school in which they were employed.
The court convicted 55-year-old Ashok Kumar and 30-year-old Mukesh, teachers at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 38 (West), Dadu Majra, under Section 10 of the POCSO Act and Sections 354 and 354-A (sexual harassment) of the IPC. The quantum of sentence will be pronounced on September 29.
The case was registered against the two teachers on August 9, 2014.
In the complaint, the four girls, studying in Class XII, had given a joint statement against the teachers alleging that they behaved in an “indecent manner” with them.
The girls had alleged that the teachers had been misbehaving with them for the past few weeks. The teachers, Ashok Kumar (economics) and Mukesh Kumar (JBT), were then booked.
The girls had alleged that the teachers usually looked for excuses to touch them and tried to hold their hands in the class.
According to the prosecution case, accused Ashok Kumar, who was the disciplinary in charge, always used foul language with the girls and around three months before the incident, another accused Mukesh Kumar used to “disturb” all four complainants.
One of the girls had stated before the court, “The accused tried to touch us, forcibly held our hands, asked one of us out and said we need not take the exams as he would take care of the same.”
The girls’ initial repeated requests to the school management had gone unheeded, forcing them to approach the police. On August 2, 2014, the parents of the girls had thrashed the teachers on the school premises.
While three girls had turned hostile in the case later in the court, one of the girls had strongly supported the prosecution theory, resulting in the conviction today.
Accused claims innocence
After the orders were pronounced, Ashok Kumar said he was innocent and had been victimised by the students as part of a conspiracy against him.