Minor girls sexually abused in nursery school, FIR lodged against 3 teachers

Pallavi Sareen. Dated: 8/6/2018 3:19:18 PM

JAMMU, Aug 5: Trikuta Nagar police have registered a molestation case against three teachers engaged in a pre-nursery school in the locality after complaints by some parents of sexual abuse of 3-year-old girls studying in the school.
A case under section 354 was filed on Sunday. Three teachers from the school Romit Sawhney, Sanjeev Dewan and Rajesh Gaind have been named in the FIR 210/2018 at Police Station Bahu Fort. The matter has been pending in the Police Station since Friday evening, when the parents of victim girls approached the police seeking registration of the case against culprit teachers.
The parents of three minor girls alleged that there had been delay in registering of FIR. accompanied by a social activist and Advocate Deepika Rajawat went to Police Station Bahu Fort and sought a reply from authorities for delay in registration of the case, despite repeated visits of parents of victim girls. Realizing the blunder committed by police, a case under section 354 was filed on Sunday.
“About a fortnight ago my three years old daughter said that she was scared of going to school. When I asked her, why she did not want to go to the school, unable to explain what she was going through, she complained that one of her teachers had been ‘misbehaving’ with her,” said the father of one girl. He took it as a routine manner but when the minor girl showed signs of lower abdominal pain and clots of blood in her urine, he became suspicious of sexual misconduct.
He further said that they immediately rushed to school and narrated the entire episode to school administration. “But the authorities simply terminated the teacher without registering the case with Police”, they said and added that they had time and again approached school authorities, but they refused to register the case.
“Parents of another girl, who came to know about the incident with their daughter on July 31, had also apprised the school administration that their daughter has also been molested in the school and but by another teacher,” they said and added that “today they came to know that another girl child aged three years was inappropriately harassed by the same teacher”.
All the three parents again went to school where the Principal asked to give a written complaint, on which she will take immediate action, they said, alleging that “she didn’t fulfill her words”. They also alleged that they tried registering a police case on their own but police kept “dilly-dallying on one or other pretext”.
They said that it was only after Advocate Deepika Rajawat, who is representing the aggrieved families, accompanied them to the police station that the police lodged an FIR.
Police, however, denied that there was any delay in the procedures.
SHO Trikuta Nagar, Police Station, Parvez Sajad, said, “The principal came to me saying that this is the matter, so please verify it. We had immediately put our men to verify the facts. The parents had dropped off an application on Friday and today when they came, we lodged the FIR,” he said.
When contacted, principal of the school, First Step, Tanvi Narula said that prompt action had been taken by her in the case. "By August 2, the parents came to me with the complaint and I terminated those teachers there and then. On August 3, I went to the SHO and complained and I thought that they would complete the necessary formalities. I even told the parents that we work on the case together since it has happened at my school. There is no evidence against the teachers yet, but if they had done something wrong, then they should pay for it. There should be proper punishment," she said.
Advocate, Deepika Rajawat who has been representing the victim family in the shocking rape and murder Rasana case, said that she would file a petition in the court of law to get constituted an SIT to inquire the matter. “This is rape and sexual abuse. I am working on a petition to be filed in the high court regarding the case,” she said.



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