Teacher held for molesting 6 students

Police on Friday arrested a 30-year-old teacher of a government school in Southeast Delhi on the charge of molesting girl students over the past three months.

So far, six students, aged between 13 and 15, have alleged that they were molested by the teacher.

Police said the incident was reported from a primary school run by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi in Southeast Delhi's Greater Kailash area.

Investigations have revealed that the accused, Pradeep Kumar, was employed in the school on contractual basis since 2010. Police said he had been molesting girl students for several months now.

Some of the students have alleged that Pradeep thrashed them if they resisted or objected to his advances. The students reportedly told police that he had also threatened them with dire consequences if they revealed the matter to anyone.

"One of his students, however, told her parents about the incident on Thursday who then approached the school principal. Seeing her courage, the students, who too had been victimised in a similar manner, told their parents and school authorities about it. Kumar used to lure the girls to a secluded spot in the school and then molest them. If any of the victims objected, he would beat them mercilessly and force himself upon her. This had been going on for over six months now," a senior police officer told Newsline.

Following a complaint from school authorities, Kumar was arrested from his home in Rohini.

A case has been registered in Greater Kailash police station under Sections 10 and 12 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), 2012.

He was produced in Saket court on Saturday and remanded in judicial custody.

Police said they had informed the Child Welfare Committee about the case and were in the process of enlisting the help of an NGO to counsel students who are suspected to have been molested by the accused.

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