Yoga teacher arrested for sexual abuse of 16-yr-old boy
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Police are probing whether there were more such cases at the institute.
The student, police said, was living at the institute and is a Class IX student there. Police said on January 11, Yogesh Kumar (45) called the child to his room around 5.30 pm on the pretext of teaching him.
"While teaching the boy, Kumar sexually abused him and threatened him with dire consequences if he informed anyone about the incident. Later, he thrashed the boy and locked him up in the guest room," a senior police officer said.
The next day, police said, one of the boys at the institute took the boy to AIIMS and informed his parents. Subsequently, the Hauz Khas police were informed and Yogesh Kumar was arrested.
A case of causing hurt, wrongful confinement, punishment for criminal intimidation — Sections 323,342 and 506 of the IPC — and Sections 5 and 6 of the Prevention of Children From Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) has been registered at the Hauz Khas police station.
The matter was later referred to the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) in Lajpat Nagar where the boy's statement was recorded in the presence of his father and cousin. The child helpline was informed and the assistant child welfare officer was called to counsel the boy.
Meanwhile, Kumar was produced before the Duty Metropolitan Magistrate at the Saket Court Complex and sent to judicial custody.
Chairperson of the Delhi Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) Arun Mathur said, "This case was brought to our notice two days ago. Apart from the police investigation into the matter, we need to know from the Department of Education as to what steps it has taken in the case. We have communicated to the Directorate of Education and the CWC asking them to revert to us within 15 days in this regard".
Pratidhi, an NGO, has written to the DCPCR expressing concern over the fact that no action has been taken against the institute.
The NGO in its communication stated that "the matter was discussed with the CWC and the members there were of the view that the institute being an educational institution does not fall under the category of 'JJ institution' and, thus, the committee cannot pass an order for action against the school. The committee has not tried to find out whether other children of the institution were also subjected to abuse".