Vice-principal and class teachers accused of raping student

A vice-principal and two classroom teachers in Jharkhand’s Dhanbad district have been accused of sexual molestation.

The suspects allegedly raped a class 4 pupil in the primary school’s sickroom, police said on Monday.

An FIR was registered at Katras police station against two teachers from the Topchanchhi-based school after the rape victim (a girl) accused them of rape. Police confirmed from her that the alleged sexual molestation occurred about one month earlier.

The Dhanbad Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Kishor Kaushal, told reporters on Sunday that the FIR was lodged on Saturday based on the nine-year-old victim’s complaint and that the “matter is serious.”

“The police are investigating the case from all angles and action will be taken on the basis of medical test report,” the SSP said.

According to media reports from India, a medical test was conducted on Sunday at the Patliputra Medical College Hospital, the PMCH Superintendent, Dr H K Singh, said.

Police recorded the girl’s statement in a local court under section 164 after the FIR was registered, the SSP said.

The FIR was lodged against the two teachers, including the vice-principal, and school’s sickroom nurse, under different sections of the Indian Penal Code and POCSO Act.

According to the FIR, the unnamed female student lost consciousness in her classroom barely a month ago. In response, a teacher sent her to the sickroom, where the nurse gave her medicine and she slept off. The student fell sick few days later and the family rushed her to a doctor who suspected something “emotionally overwhelming” must have happened to her.

When asked, the girl narrated her ordeal to her parents on Friday.

A team of senior police officers questioned the students, teachers and the principal of school.

The Principal of the school, Tanushree Banerjee, said she was not informed about the alleged incident.

“I don’t believe as sickroom of school remains crowded with students. However, the allegation is serious and the school will cooperate with the police in their investigation,” she said.