PT teacher arrested on charge of sexual harassment of student

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A physical education teacher of a government aided higher secondary school has been arrested on the charge of sexually harassing a Class 8 girl student, police said today.

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40-year old Prabhu of the school in Ammapet near Bhavani in the district was arrested yesterday, a day after the parents of the girl along with 200 residents of their village staged a protest demanding action against him.

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He was also suspended by the school authorities last evening based on the recommendations of the Education Department, officials said.

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The teacher allegedly misbehaved with the girl, a member of the school Kabbadi team, in a bus when he was accompanying her and other players after their participation in a tournament in neighbouring Tirupur on August 6.

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On reaching home, the girl started weeping and narrated to her parents about the teacher’s conduct.

As she developed fever and pain, the girl was later taken to a doctor and then admitted to a private hospital.

After lodging a police complaint, the parents informed their neighbours about the incident.

On Wednesday, around 200 residents of Ammapet village staged a picketing before the school demanding the arrest of the teacher and police had used mild force to disperse the crowd. Police had also assured that a case would be registered against the teacher.

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Subsequently, Prabhu was arrested yesterday and produced before a court which remanded him to 15 days judicial custody.

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