Karnataka HC Denies Bail To School Teacher Involved In Sexual Harassment Of Minors
The Counsel for the State mentioned that bail cannot be granted as the sexual harassment has been done with not one, but many children.
The Karnataka High Court bench of Justice Umesh M Adiga has recently denied a bail to a teacher who has been accused of sexually harassing and physically assaulting a minor girl student. The Court took into consideration the heinous nature of the crime and further said that in a country where the teachers are considered as Gods, the action of the teacher would prevent parents from sending their minor girl children to schools. He said, "Guru or teacher are considered as God in this Country and respected like a God. However because of alleged behaviour of the petitioner, even the parents think twice about sending of their girl child to the school."
The teacher has allegedly sexually harassed students in classes 4 and 5. Few villagers first informed this to the Block Education Officer( BEO), who along with a Child Development Project Officer visited the school where the students narrated their ordeal. They lodged a complaint with the police under Sections 8 and 12 of the POCSO Act.
The Fast Track Special Court( FTSC) denied him bail after which he approached the High Court. The petitioner was of the opinion that he was falsely impliacated and said that no such complaints have been previously levied against him. he said that the present complaint is out a tussle with a villager who was runny a shop in school premises to which he had objected.
The Counsel for the State mentioned that bail cannot be granted as the sexual harassment has been done with not one, but many children. The victims were not related to the shop owner and thus it was contented that he had fabricated the story. The High Court thus sustained the order of the trial court and did not grant him bail for this heinous offence.
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