Minor abuse case: Police ordered to arrest teacher

Madras HC hauled up police for not arresting a teacher and principal of a private school who allegedly sexually abused a four-year-old girl.

Chennai: Hauling up police for not arresting
a teacher and principal of a private school who allegedly
sexually abused a four-year-old girl, the Madras High Court
on Tuesday directed police to arrest them within 24 hours and
submit a report to it.

"It is a matter of great concern and even shocking to
note that even the police department of the state is not in a
position to arrest the named persons, who have committed such
a heinous crime on a girl child, aged four years," the First
Bench comprising Chief Justice MY Eqbal and Justice TS
Sivagnanam said.

The court observed the investigating officer has not even
disclosed the name of the person who was arrested after the
probe.

In its order on a petition by A Ramalingam, member of a
Human Rights Protection Centre at Villupuram, the bench also
directed Kallakurichi police station Inspector and SP
Villupuram to appear before the court and posted the petition
for tomorrow.

The child`s mother, in a complaint with police, said her
child studying in UKG at a private school "has been sexually
harassed by the LKG class teacher and principal."

Ironically, both the teacher and principal -- accused in
the case -- are women.

A case was registered under various sections of IPC for
wrongful confinement (342), voluntarily causing hurt (323),
criminal intimidation (506) and unnatural offences (377).

In a counter affidavit, police said an investigation was
conducted and six persons were examined. One person had been
arrested while another remains to be arrested, they said.

The judges, however, declined permission to the
petitioner to stage a demonstration to condemn the assault,
pointing out the court had taken notice of the crime.

The petitioner said the child`s mother had given the
complaint to police on August 3 last. A medical examination of
the girl the next day revealed that the abuse had taken place.

He claimed the school management was defending the
accused and denying any such thing had happened and sought
transferring investigation to the crime branch-CID to meet the
ends of justice.

PTI

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