Govt school principal, teacher arrested under POSCO act for raping 16-year-old Dalit girl in Punjab a year ago

Chandigarh: A government school principal and a teacher have been arrested on the charge of raping a 16-year-old Dalit girl student in Jagraon sub-division of Punjab, police said on Thursday.

Both have been booked under the POCSO Act, apart from other relevant provisions of the law.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The crime was allegedly committed a year ago but came to light after another teacher came across a WhatsApp audio message in which two men - reportedly the accused principal and teacher - were heard discussing the Class 11 student's abortion.

After the matter was brought to the notice of police and other authorities, the girl's statement was recorded before a duty magistrate.

Accused teacher Harjit Singh and school head Bharat Bhushan have been booked for rape and criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, Information Technology Act, and Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

Police sources said after the girl became pregnant after rape, she was forced to abort and threatened to keep quiet about the matter.

Ludhiana (Rural) Senior Superintendent of Police Surjit Singh told the media that the teenager alleged that she was raped by the teacher in the school library.

The teacher is no longer posted in the school where the girl was studying.

The Punjab State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has sought a report from the District Education Officer in this matter.

Updated Date: Feb 09, 2018 11:27 AM

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