Bangalore: A Bangalore government-aided schoolteacher has been accused of sexually abusing girl students and using sexually explicit language for the past three years.
A complaint has now been filed with the child rights commission.
The school is affiliated to the Ramakrishna Mission and is one of the most reputed in the Banashankari locality. But now this reputed school is under a cloud of suspicion.
Girls of class X have told the Karnataka child rights commission that their Hindi teacher V.S. Rathod has been abusing them and using lewd language for the past three years.
They’ve never spoken of it to either their parents or their headmaster as they were too embarrassed. But the commission got an anonymous letter last week from a student’s neighbour. And its investigation proved quite shocking.
A girl said Rathod touched them in a “bad” way. “That’s how we can explain it… like no teacher ever does. He’d touch our hands, hit us on our backs and use bad words,” she said.
“His behaviour was not right. He called me ‘dil ki dhadkan’ and asked ‘kuch kuch hota hai’? And while we wrote on the board, he’d hit us on the back,” said a victim.
Another girl remembered how Rathod hit her from behind as she was walking in the school. “Then he punched me on the chest and pinched me,” she said.
When CNN-IBN approached the school, officials initially refused to react to the allegations but later spoke off the camera.
They said they too were shocked as the teacher has been with them for 25 years and the school would take steps if anything is proved.
Officials said a management core committee had been formed to enquire into the allegations. The commission, too, has summoned them next Wednesday for an explanation.
But the commission is only a recommendatory body and no official complaint has been filed yet.
Nina P. Nayak, chairperson of the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights said: “The children told us Rathod is slated to be the next headmaster and that’s why they are more worried and anxious. Let’s see what the management says. As a process of natural justice, let’s hear him. Then the commission will decide on its recommendations to the education department.”
But what action is taken on these recommendations is left to the school.