Once again and this time it’s an innocent.
A 51-year-old teacher of a government school in West Bengal’s Darjeeling district was arrested for allegedly raping a six-year-old student in Mirik. The crime was reported inside a classroom of the school’s primary section when other children were playing outside, as police mentioned on Tuesday.
The accused, Chandraman Khawas, was on Monday charged under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. A POCSO court in Kurseong sent him to judicial custody on Tuesday, said Ramesh Agarwal, special public prosecutor.
Tapan Das, officer-in-charge of Panighatta police outpost, said, ‘The accused was accused after a complaint was lodged by the child’s mother on Sunday.’
After investigation, the crime said the teacher allegedly raped the child inside the classroom on Thursday when other children were playing outside.
The child described her ordeal to her mother who initially did not believe her. ‘After the child complained of pain in her private parts the mother went to the police and lodged a complaint against the teacher. She said Diwakari Chhetri, president of Chenga Nari Sewa Samiti, a nongovernment organization.
‘Medical examination has confirmed rape,’ said a police officer who did not want to be named.
Tshering Dahal, chairperson of primary school board, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, has asked police not to take the matter lightly. ‘The accused should be given exemplary punishment,’ she said.
On November 20, a special POCSO court in Darjeeling sentenced to death a 39-year-old man for raping and murdering his 11-year-old cousin more than five years ago.