After Carmel and GD Birla in Kolkata, it is a school in Howrah that faces guardians’ wrath on an alleged sexual harassment of a class II student by a non-teaching staff. This is the first time a govt primary school is at the centre of controversy.
The Belur Girls’ High school was on Wednesday rocked as guardians’ protesting against alleged molestation of a class II student of the primary section by a non-teaching staff staged gherao and blocked the Grant Trunk Road for several hours dislocating traffic.
The accused Susanta Das (52) has been arrested on charges of alleged “molestation” and a case under POCSO has been initiated by Belur police. According to eyewitnesses and the guardians who raised a banner of protest and led an array of assault on the accused after the incident came to be surfaced that a student of class II of the Belur Girls’ school was allegedly molested by a non-teaching staff, the red-faced guardians rained blows and kicks to him apparently to teach him a lesson.
Meanwhile, what added fuel to the fire was the intervention of the police, who the guardians alleged that instead of giving him punishment, the men in uniform were busy in rescuing the accused and tried to give him a safe passage. “We have been hearing such allegations for quite some time now from our children.
Many of our daughters have complained to us about misbehaviour of the staff. But in the absence of any evidence we were not being able to do anything against him,” Rita Bhowmik, a mother who was among the protesters said.
Parents, however, said they were upset over the conduct of the headmistress who they alleged was giving their plaint a short shrift and on Wednesday steadfastly denied such incident. According to the mother of the victim, her daughter was somehow reluctant to go to school further for nearly a month.
“Despite repeated queries she did not want to speak much earlier. But I guessed that something wrong had happened to her. On Tuesday, she told me weeping the school uncle used to misbehave with her. Hearing this, I shared it with other guardians. “The person did such thing earlier with others but that did not come to light. But this is the first time he had done this with my child,” said the mother.