Grey-haired teacher attempts to marry minor student in school

Headmaster beaten
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EOI CORRESPONDENT
MALDA
19 May 2017

A 50-year old teacher tried to marry a 13-year old girl during school hours at Pulintola junior high school at Bhimtola area under Bhutni police station approximately 35 km from here. The girl’s scream gathered the locals at the school premises when the accused teacher Dhanapati Mandal fled away from the spot. The irked guardian of the girl and her neighbours roughed up the headmaster of the school Pranab Mandal alleging that he was trying to suppress the matter. Injured headmaster was hospitalized. Written complaints were lodged both by the guardians of the girl-student and the headmaster.
According to parents of the minor girl Dhanapati Mandal despite huge age gap attempted to molest their 13-year old minor girl before too. “He even forced my daughter to agree to his offer of marriage. We informed the matter to the headmaster before too. My daughter was washing her hands off after taking midday meal today whe the accused forcibly put vermillion on her forehead. Taken aback at the strange behavior of her teacher my daughter started crying. Her classmates rushed to her rescue and informed us too. But before we reached the school, the teacher had fled,” the girl’s father said.
Pranab Mandal, the head of the junior high school, who suffered the ire of the villagers said, “I spoke to the girl after the incident. To ease her I tried to wash the vermilion off her forehead. The villagers misunderstood me and beat me from pillar to post.”
Tarun Saha, officer-in-charge of Bhutni police station said, “We are searching for the accused. He would soon be arrested.” “We received complaints from the girl’s parents as well as the headmaster of the school. Both complaints are being probed into.” the OC said.