Teenager alleges molestation; coaching class owner arrested

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Violence against women
Mumbai, Feb 1: High-drama ensued in a coaching institute in Dadar, Mumbai, after a 17-year-old student alleged that the owner of the institute molested the teenager on Wednesday, Jan 30. Police sources say FIR has been filed against the accused. The 48-year-old accused was arrested and later granted bail.

The entire episode has caused fear among female students who attend coaching classes in Mumbai. Moreover, women and girls across the nation are scared after the brutal Delhi gang-rape and murder, which led to the death of the 23-year-old paramedical student in New Delhi.

Machindra Chate (48), owner of Chate Coaching Classes in Dadar, was booked for offences under sections 354 (assault or criminal force with intent to outrage modesty of woman) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) of the IPC following a complaint filed by the victim with Bhoiwada police yesterday, sources said.

A meeting was held at the coaching classes yesterday between Chate, parents and students as syllabus had not been completed and examinations were approaching near.

After the meeting, the victim, an HSC Commerce student, accompanied by two girls and a boy, went to Chate's cabin to discuss the same issue where there was a heated argument between the owner of the coaching classes and the students.

Following this, Chate inappropriately touched the girl, who later went to police station along with parents and fellow students to lodge a complaint.

Police recorded statement of the victim and two witnesses, a boy and a girl.

An FIR was registered against the coaching class owner and investigations were on, police said.

OneIndia News

(With inputs from PTI)

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