The incident, which brought back painful memories of the sexual assault on a Vasco schoolgirl in 2013, took place in November 24, 2014 and the mother claimed to have reported the matter to the school management the next day.
Unhappy that the school management had not filed a police complaint against the accused teacher, Samuel Kumar, a native of Andhra Pradesh, for over five weeks, the mother filed a police complaint on Saturday.
According to Vasco police, the mother of the schoolgirl had filed a police complaint stating that the PE/drawing teacher had passed sexual remarks against her eight-year-old daughter during school hours on November 24.
The mother stated that the accused teacher then fondled the girl’s private part after the lewd comment, police said.
The girl then reported the matter to her parents on reaching home from school. The mother had lodged a complaint against Kumar with the school management on November 25, hoping that the school management would take action against the teacher.
Since the school management failed to file a complaint with Vasco police, the victim’s mother lodged a police complaint on Saturday evening.
Acting on the complaint, Vasco police arrested Kumar under Section 354 IPC, Section 8 (2) of Goa Children’s Act and Section 7 read with 8 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offence. Police Sub Inspector Gaurish Parab is investigating the case.
When efforts were made to contact the school principal to verify if the school management had taken any action against the teacher on receiving the complaint from the victim’s mother, a member of the management that runs the school declined to provide details into the matter.
“The principal is tired and is resting now. She is unable to meet you,” said the member of the school management. When informed that the victim’s mother had filed a police complaint against the teacher, the member shot back: “We are not aware of anything. Why don’t you ask the mother for more details?”