Maharashtra, April 3: In yet another shocking incident, two teachers have been found guilty of sexually assaulting 49 girls in a Maharashtra school.
The accused identified as Rajan Gajbhiye and Shailesh Ramteke were booked under various sections of IPC after the aggrieved girls complained to school principal about the misdemeanour.
The police said that the accused were booked on charges of outraging the modesty of a woman under section 354(a) of IPC and Section 7 and 8 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Act. The action was taken after a complaint was filed by the principal of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalay, Ramavatar Singh.
According to the statement given by two of the victims, the girls were being sexually harassed for long by their Chemistry and Biology teachers on the pretext of not granting them marks in Practical exams.
The girls alleged that both the teachers used obscene language, made sexual advances and tried to make physical contact with them following which they complained to the Principal, who called an emergency parents-teachers' meet on Tuesday after enquiring into the matter.
Meanwhile, Gajbhiye even tried to pressurise a girl into withdrawing her statement before he went absconding with Ramteke ahead of the parents' meet, they quoted victims.
Enraged with the incident, parents held a protest outside the police station on Wednesday demanding strict action against the duo following which charges were registered against them. Subsequently, District Collector Arun Shinde, SDO Sanjay Khadse and Women Commission member Asha Mirge visited the school and assured wards of early action.
(with inputs from PTI)