A day after police arrested a music teacher on charges of ‘sexually harassing’ of girls in a private school in Bhilwara, officials of the Rajasthan State Commission Protection for Child Rights (RSCPCR) claimed that the girls were not only sexually harassed but they were also ‘sexually assaulted’.
The police had arrested the music teacher, Bhanwar Lal, after the school administration filed a complaint with the Subhash Nagar police station. Two days ago, 31 girls from the school gave a written complaint to the school administration saying the music teacher touched them unnecessarily. Moreover, 11 girls gave their statements to the police complaining against the music teacher.
The RSCPCR has directed the police to add sections 9 and 10 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) 2012 in the FIR.
Section 9 (f) of POSCO says that whoever being on the management or staff of an educational or religious institution, commits sexual assault on a child in that institution, the person should be charged with aggravated sexual assault.
The RSCPCR claimed that section 10 of POCSO should also be added in the FIR which advocates that a person committing aggravated sexual assault shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which shall not be less than five years but which may extend to seven years and shall also be liable to fine.
Beniwal said that they will issue recommendation in written to the police to add sections 9 and section 10 of POCSO in the FIR.
He said that the girls who filed complaint against the music teacher were below 14 years. The school administration has expelled the teacher who was recruited some 20 days ago.
This article originally appeared on timesofindia