The Vadodara rural police Tuesday arrested the headmaster of a primary school in Padra taluka for allegedly molesting students. Later in the day, the Vadodara district education officer suspended the headmaster for “moral turpitude and indiscipline”.
Meanwhile, a teacher from the same school was arrested under the Prohibition Act after he was allegedly found in an inebriated condition. According to the two FIRs lodged at Vadu police station, the incidents occurred Monday, soon after Independence Day celebrations were held at the school.
As per the first FIR, the headmaster allegedly “forced three girl students to stay back to ‘clean up’ after Independence Day Celebrations and thereafter, took them to the washroom and showed them pornographic material”. The incident came to light when the three girls returned home and confided in their parents. Following this, a group of parents barged into the school to question the headmaster. The police said the parents, when they arrived to question the headmaster, allegedly found a 55-year-old teacher using the school premises to consume alcohol.
On Tuesday, the parents approached the police and handed over both the headmaster and the teacher to them. According to the FIR, the complainant in the case — a parent of one of the three girls — did not approach the police on Monday, as they “did not want the village to be tense ahead of Independence Day”.
While the headmaster was booked under Section 354 (A) (sexual harassment) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the POCSO Act, the teacher was booked in a prohibition case.