Sexual harassment of students Headmaster booked under Pocso Act

Andipatti, Oct 9:

A 55-year old high school headmaster has been booked under various sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (PoCSO) Act, 2012 for molesting girl students. According to police, Ravichandran, headmaster of Kaman Kalloor middle school under Mayiladumparai union.

Parents of girl students lodged a complaint with the Kadamalaigundu police station in 2015 against him stating that he had been sexually harassing girl students of the school. They submitted petitions to the education department authorities.

Enquiries by the education department authorities confirmed that Ravichandran had been harassing the girls. Then he was transferred to Uthamapalayam only to be posted back at Kaman Kallor school. This forced the girls and their parents to demand his removal from the school. Following this Ravichandran went underground.

A case was filed by the parents of the affected girls in the Madurai high court. After hearing the case, the high court directed the Superintendent of Police, Theni district to arrest the headmaster and book him under the Pocso Act.

In compliance with the high court order, the all women police in Theni booked the headmaster under the Pocso Act. Inspector Ushadevi arrested Ravichandran who had been absconding.

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