Sickening rerun in city school

Calcutta: A male dance teacher was arrested in a church-run girls' school at Deshapriya Park on the charge of "aggravated sexual assault" of a Class II student who used to be allegedly lured with chocolates and taken alone for classes.

The 7-year-old girl, who had skipped school the past few days, complained to her mother that a teacher had been touching her inappropriately - the third such allegation in a city school in less than six months.

"When her mother wanted to know why she was reluctant to go to school, the girl broke down," said the parent of another girl in the same class.

"The teacher had said he would bury the child when she told him that she had complained to her mother about him. After that, she did not want to go to a school picnic," said a family friend.

The school principal has been accused of making light of the allegations. On Thursday, she had asked the parents to return the next day with a formal complaint. When they did, she allegedly contested their charge.

Hundreds of parents blocked the school's gates and demanded the teacher be handed over to them. Tollygunge police virtually rescued the teacher from the protesters who hit him several times on the way to the jeep.

The guardians alleged that CCTVs installed on the school premises did not work.

Asked about the allegations, Sister Ann Imelda, a spokesperson for the school, said: "We will speak tomorrow."

Father Moloy D'Costa, general secretary of the Association of Christian Schools in Bengal, said: "This is an unfortunate incident. We have spoken to the school principal. The school has started the process of appointing a female dance teacher and repairing the CCTV cameras as early as possible."


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