A 51 year old teacher of a government school in West Bengal’s Darjeeling district was arrested for allegedly raping a six year old student in Mirik.
The crime took place inside a classroom of the school’s primary section when other children were playing outside, police said on Tuesday.
. Ramesh Agarwal, special public prosecutor said “The accused, Chandraman Khawas, was on Monday charged under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.A POCSO court in Kurseong sent him to judicial custody on Tuesday.
Tapan Das, officer-in-charge of Panighatta police outpost, said, “The accused was arrested after complaint was registered by the child’s mother on Sunday.”
The child narrated what happened with her to her mother who initially did not believe her. “After the child complained of pain in her private parts the mother went to the police and filed a complaint against the teacher,” said Diwakari Chhetri, president of Chenga Nari Sewa Samiti, a nongovernment organization.
“Medical examination has confirmed rape,” said a police official.
Tshering Dahal, chairperson of primary school board, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, has asked police not to take the matter lightly. “The accused should be given ideal punishment,” she said.