Management, guardians and police to meet today at G. D. Birla School to solve impasse

Accused teachers remanded to 11-day police custody, Mamata condemns incident
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EOI CORRESPONDENT
Kolkata
4 Dec 2017

The two teachers of G D Birla Centre for Education who had been accused of sexually abusing a four-year-old child were today further remanded to police custody till December 15 by a city court even as chief minister Mamata Banerjee today once again condemned the incident saying police were taking action against the guilty.

``The incident is very much unfortunate but the police are taking necessary action. Not all teachers are bad but of course there are always a few black sheep because of whom such incidents take place,'' the chief minister today said at the end of an administrative meeting that took place at Nabanna.
Meanwhile the guardians today organised protests for the fourth consecutive day near the school, that has been shut down from yesterday, demanding, among others, arrest of the principal, Sharmila Nath. Nath has been called by the Kolkata police at Lalbazar on Tuesday. The school authorities have convened a meeting tomorrow at the school premises involving the guardians, representatives of school authorities and the police.
Spokesman for the school Subhas Mohanty said: ``The school will re-open only after the situation becomes normal. However so far as the demand for the arrest of the principal is concerned we will take a decision only after tomorrow's meeting.'' Meanwhile BJP Rajya Sabha MP Roopa Ganguly who visited the demonstration site was asked to go back as the guardians said they did not want any politics in this. However Ganguly said, "I have come here as a mother to speak to the mothers of children. I am also in favour of action against the principal and immediate reopening of the school."
To a question by the media present at the spot, Ganguly said "I will raise the incident in Parliament." The West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights (WBCPCR) sought the medical report of the child from the police.

It also sought the principal's arrest in the incident and said it would initiate legal action against the school management for shutting it for an indefinite period. WBCPCR chairperson Ananya Chatterjee Chakraborti, who visited the school this morning, said  that Sharmila Nath could have dealt with the matter in a "sensible manner". On the contrary the principal denied the incident first. Under the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act, she is also an offender. The arrest of the principal is much needed. I have spoken to the Kolkata Police commissioner and told him that she must be arrested," Chakraborti said.