Boys’ School teacher accused of molestation, inquiry initiates

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ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
21 Dec 2017

Senior-level girl students of Govt. Boys School in the city have registered a complaint with the UT Commission for Protection of Child Rights (UTCPCR) against a teacher accusing him of molestation. As per sources, students of Class XI lodged the complaint with the Commission against RK Pandey following which the Principal of the School also issued a memo to the teacher on Thursday.
The accused reportedly insisted students to avail private coaching from him or else threatened to fail them in the annual examinations. Sources claim that the accused has faced similar allegations in the past, but this time five girl students came forward to register a complaint against him with the UTCPCR, which forwarded a copy of the complaint to the Principal. The Principal In-charge immediately, Mr RK Singh, also the State Project Officer, issued a memo to the accused in this regard.
Sources said that on Thursday morning, the accused called girl students of Class XI to a coaching centre. When three students reached the institute, Pandey said that he won’t be able to take classes due to some personal work and offered to drop the students in their homes. After dropping two of them in his car, the accused allegedly tried to molest the third. When the victim objected, Pandey dropped her midway. The victim after reaching her home narrated the incident to her parents after which a complaint was registered with the UTCPCR.
Speaking to EOI, the Chairperson, UTCPCR, Smt Kiran Tigga said that investigation in on into the incident. “Statements of five students have been recorded. “It’s a sensitive matter and finer details can be shared with the media only after thorough investigation,” she informed.