Class 11th female student molested in Kishtwar, two teachers suspended

JAMMU — Two teachers were suspended for allegedly molesting a Class 11th female student inside a school in Kishtwar district. An FIR has also been registered against the accused teachers following a written complaint by the female student.

The female student, in her complaint has accused two teachers of molesting her inside a school in a village in Kishtwar while she was appearing for her 11th Class examination on Sunday.

The incident sparked protests in the village.

We have registered an FIR based on the complaint of the minor who accused two teachers of molestation in the jurisdiction of Chatroo Police Station. The district administration and the concerned department were intimated about the registration of the case against the accused (teachers) for the necessary action, PTI quoted Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Kishtwar, Khalil Ahmad Poswal as having said.

He said, There is a mechanism in place to deal with such kinds of incidents. There is no benefit in damaging a school building or taking the law into our own hands.

He also appealed to the people not to get swayed by the emotional factor or lend an ear to the rumours.

The teachers have been booked under section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, SHO Chatroo, Parvaiz Ahmed Khanday said according to PTI.

He said, Police have started an investigation and want to assure the people that the culprits involved would be dealt with as per the law.

Taking serious note of the incident, Deputy Commissioner, Kishtwar, Devansh Yadav suspended the accused teachers Roshan Lal Shan and Sanjay Kumar Sharma with immediate effect and ordered an inquiry against them.

The Deputy Commissioner has appointed the Chief Education Officer, Kishtwar as the enquiry officer, who will conduct an in-depth enquiry and submit his report along with recommendations within 15 days positively for further necessary action.