"the department will terminate them from service."
Four Indian teachers at a government school in Rajasthan’s Sriganganagar district have been suspended for allegedly showing obscene videos to female students in classrooms.
A preliminary investigation uncovered the allegations.
Not only were four staff members suspended but the rest of the teachers have been transferred to another school while the investigation into the scandal continues.
The school principal was also suspended for failing to act on a previous complaint against the teachers by some of the villagers of Raisinghpura.
Secondary education director Sourabh Swami said:
“Though the principal wasn’t directly involved in the crime, he didn’t take action against the accused when the villagers reached out to him.
“The teachers were able to continue with what they were possibly doing due to his negligent attitude.”
A two-member probe committee had been set up by the education department after the local administration reported a protest by villagers on the school premises a week before action was taken.
Following a preliminary investigation, four teachers were suspended and charge sheets have been registered against them.
Swami stated that if the allegations are found to be true, the teachers will be dismissed, adding:
“If they are proven guilty, the department will terminate them from service.”
While the education department is yet to go to the police, a molestation case was registered by a former village leader (sarpanch).
According to the complainant, the Indian teachers forced female students to watch obscene videos on their phones while molesting them.
However, the police have not made any progress because the complainant suddenly became hostile and the families of the alleged victims would not allow them to speak out.
Superintendent Hemant Sharma confirmed that none of the students have spoken about the allegations.
He also explained that action can only be taken once they have more evidence.
He said: “Police teams have visited the village several times to ascertain the veracity of the allegations, but none of the students would talk about it.
“Senior officials have been trying to make them understand that we can take action only if we have evidence beyond doubt that such an incident did happen.”
The Times of India reported that while the investigation is ongoing, notices have been sent to the complainant and the school.
They have been directed to talk more about the objectionable videos that the teachers are alleged to have shown the female students.