Teacher held for abusing student

Teacher held for abusing student

Teacher held for abusing student

Accused teacher Soumen Rana, who was a pass-out from Rabindra Bharati University, has been arrested. "However, ensuring the safety of our students is our top priority and we will do it", Sheela Sarkar, teacher-in-charge of the school said. The teacher allegedly threatened the child to bury her alive.

The incident came to light on Thursday when the girl complained about the teacher to her parents, he said.

While people in Kolkata are still trying to get over last year's incident where a four-year-old was sexually assaulted in the prestigious GD Birla Centre for Education, another such crime - this time involving a Class 2 student - brought concerned parents to streets on Friday, February 9.

Parents also claimed that the school authorities ignored their repeated appeals to install CCTV cameras after a similar incident surfaced at another school of the city. Parents said the accused has been threatening the victim that he would kill her if she spoke to anybody.

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The protesting parents demanded that the school authorities hand over the teacher to them and that justice would be served. "Why is there a male teacher in a girls' school?"

The crowd gathered outside the school reportedly started beating the teacher when he was being taken out of the campus. We had already drawn up a guideline for these schools. The teacher-in-charge of the school said: "Guardians have told us about their concerns and we will soon take a call". There is serious objection to this. Please help us run the school smoothly. She is very sympathetic towards the victim and her family. "They have assured us that the CCTVs will be working from tomorrow again", CWC representative Sudeshna Ray said.

West Bengal State Commission for Protection of Child Rights chairperson Ananya Chatterjee Chakraborti said two members of the statutory body have reached the school to take stock of the situation.

While none of the school authorities wanted to talk, a senior member of the management said that they would talk the day after.

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