Belur School Incident: Accused Produced Before Court

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Howrah: A security guard was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly sexually assaulting a Class 2 student for nearly a month at a school in West Bengal’s Howrah. He is produced before Howrah Court on Thursday.

The matter came to light after the girl refused to go to school for one month. Parents staged a protest outside the school demanding that the accused be punished. The protestors beat the accused while the police was escorting him out of the school.

Police arrested Bapi Das, 40, based on a complaint lodged by the child’s parents. Guardians protesting the alleged incident had gheraoed the teaching staff to demand the arrest of the accused. The police had to be called in to end the siege.

On February 9, a male teacher was arrested for sexually harassing a Class 2 student in a convent school in Kolkata.  In December 2017, two teachers of another school were arrested for alleged sexual assaulting a four-year-old girl student inside a toilet. Soon after, a staff member of another Kolkata school, MP Birla Foundation Higher Secondary School, was arrested for molesting a three-year-old.

A police officer said the child had been refusing to go to school, raising suspicion that something had happened to her that she feared telling her parents.

“The mother of the child took her into confidence and asked why she was refusing to go to school. The child broke down and narrated what had happened a couple of days ago,” the officer said, quoting from the complaint. The police are awaiting her medical report.

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