Police arrested a 57-year-old teacher at a private school in T Nagar on Monday and charged him with the sexual abuse of a seven-year-old student.
Before police arrested H Ruben Ravi Kumar, parents who were told by their wards that the teacher had attempted to sexually assault them, rushed to CSI Gnanam Nursery and Primary School. They caught Ravi Kumar and thrashed him.
Vijay, a Class 3 student, told his father that Ravi Kumar abused him sexually every day and sometimes made indecent gestures to him even during class hours.
Police arrested Ravi Kumar based on a complaint from Vijay’s father. Two other parents also accused Ravi Kumar of sexually harassing their children but they did not want to press charges.
Police said Ravi Kumar, who stays in Choolai, had been working at the school for the past three years.
“I enrolled my son in the school two months ago,” Vijay’s mother Jayanthi told TOI. “Though Ravi Kumar sexually abused him from the time he joined, he complained about it to me only last Friday. I took the matter to school officials but they refused to take any action against the teacher.”
“When my son informed his uncle about what had been happening, he decided to take the matter to the police,” she said.
The boy’s uncle, Kumar, said the school has classes from 1 to 4 and employs four teachers. “The teacher handled three classes,” he said. “He seems to be extremely perverted. He made lewd comments to the children all the time.”
Mambalam inspector V Sampath said the teacher has been accused of making the student touch his private parts and regularly subjecting him to similar sexual acts. Vijay said the teacher made him sit on his lap every day and whispered vulgar things to him.
Another parent, Usha, who went to Mambalam police station after learning that Ravi Kumar had been arrested, said the teacher had also sexually molested her son, Prakash, a Class 4 student.
When TOI contacted the school headmistress, Indira, she said the allegations by students had not yet been proved.
Police booked Ravi Kumar under Section 23 (cruelty to juveniles or children) of the Juvenile Justice Act and Section 377 read with 511 of the IPC (attempted carnal intercourse against the order of nature). He has been remanded in judicial custody.
Source : indiatimes