Whilst unconscious, they were allegedly molested
A shocking incident has come to light in which 17 Indian girls were allegedly molested by two teachers in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar.
The 17 victims were Class 10 students of a private school.
It is believed that they were called to a different school and asked to stay overnight under the pretext of a CBSE practical exam.
The incident happened on the night of November 17, 2021, however, the matter only came to light after the parents of two of the victims approached local BJP politician Pramod Utwal.
He contacted SSP Abhishek Yadav and an investigation was launched.
Meanwhile, the officer in charge of the police station under which the school falls has been removed. He now faces a department inquiry for delaying the case.
SSP Yadav said: “We have sent the in-charge of the police station concerned to the police lines and initiated a departmental inquiry against him.
“We are investigating the case and are hopeful of arresting the culprits soon.”
He added that Muzaffarnagar SP Arpit Vijayvargiya and Additional SP KK Vishnoi are leading the investigation.
On the night of November 17, the Indian girls were taken to the school under the pretext of an exam.
They were given food, however, it was allegedly laced with sedatives, causing them to fall unconscious.
Whilst unconscious, they were allegedly molested by the two suspects. According to the parents, they claim that the girls were sexually assaulted by the school principal and his aide.
The day after, the students were threatened not to talk about the incident otherwise their family members would be killed.
Despite that, some of the victims told their parents about the crime.
According to reports, the parents did not question the girls being taken away for an exam.
The new officer in charge of the police station said:
“We have conducted raids at the possible hideouts of the culprit. We have formed two teams to find them.
“Besides relevant sections of the IPC, the culprits have been booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.”
The parents said they had sent their children in “good faith”.
One parent said: “We were not too worried about them as they were in a large group of almost 20.
“We thought they could take care of themselves together.”
Meanwhile, MLA Utwal said: “The lackadaisical attitude of the area police delayed action in the incident.
“The victims belong to Economically Weaker Section families and were threatened.
“The girls are so terrified that they have not gone to school since the night of November 17.”
“We will ensure the strictest possible punishment for the accused. If they do not surrender in time, their families will also face the music.”
According to MLA Utwal, the two schools were only allowed to conduct classes up to the eighth grade. However, they admitted students up to Class 10.
The two suspects have been booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. But they remain on the run.
District Inspector of Schools Gajendra Kumar added:
“We will approach CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) authorities to derecognise the two schools.”