High Court grants anticipatory bail to a teacher accused of harassment of 19 students

Feb 08 2019 10:24 AM
High Court grants anticipatory bail to a teacher accused of harassment of 19 students

Thiruvananthapuram: Last week, a teacher who was accused of sexual harassment by 19 minors was granted anticipatory bail by the High Court.  The teacher had been absconding after committing the crime but he appeared before police only after he was granted bail.

As per the report, in November 2018, students of a school in Malappuram accused their Urdu teacher of sexual harassment. After receiving complaints from 19 students the school principal took no action. However, a written complaint against the teacher is filed after 50 other students came out in protest.

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students even threatened the management to boycott the classes. The accused was the district Vice president for Muslim Youth League. The school authorities suspended the accused and later he went absconding after a formal complaint was lodged against him.

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However, three POCSO were registered in Malapurram district police station by the school's students in December. TNM report claims that the anticipatory bail granted to the accused came out as a shock to the child welfare authorities.

As per reports, Many students withdrew their complaints, political pressure suspected.  An alumnus of the school and a worker of DYFI, youth wing of CPI(M), Ramshad who had protested against the school's indifference, told  that several students had withdrawn their complaints and political pressure might be reason behind it.   

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