Taking a strong action against an accused on charges of molestation of a 14-year-old girl student of a government school in Shimla, the education department has suspended the teacher.

According to Elementary Education Director Manmohan Sharma, the department had ordered an inquiry on Thursday for which a two-member committee was constituted ascertain the incident of molestation against a school teacher.

The committee constituting Sujata Thakur and Mamta Vaidya both Joint Directors of the department on Friday submitted their report, wherein girl victim of Class VII and statements given by other girl students action has been taken against the teacher.

Meanwhile, the Shimla Police on Thursday late evening following registered an First Information Report (FIR) against the teacher for molesting the student inside the school premises.

The action came following complaint of the father of the victim who is a Nepali national and also amid public pressure, as people gathered at the Boileuganj Police Station demanding the lodging of an FIR and arrest of the accused. The accused was arrested and the minor girl was sent for medical examination.

The father of the victim said, “The incident occurred on 22 April, while my daughter was in school. When learnt about the incident from my daughter that next day, I met the Principal of the school who assured some action. While still awaiting action on the part of school authorities, I also filed a complaint on
Thursday.”

“My daughter told me that the teacher tried to molest her in the school premises and had on previous occasion also tried to molest my elder daughter last September who then was studying in Class VII. Following my complaint to the school authorities he had given an apology in writing,” he charged.

According to the Additional Superintendent of Police, Praveer Thakur an FIR has already been registered against the accused under Section 354 Indian Penal Code, Section 9F of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The accused has been sent to police remand till 30 April, he added.