NEW-DELHI: Three cases have been reported against the entire staff of a government school in Rajasthan’s Alwar district for the reported gang rape of three minor students.
“Three minor girls family members reported three FIRs on Tuesday night, the entire staff of 15 have been accused of gang rape and molestation”, Bhiwadi Superintendent of Police Ram Moorty Joshy said.
However, the police is investigating a possible angle of witness harassment in the matter, as, prima facie, the cases seem to be related to an FIR lodged last year against another teacher of the same school.
“On December 17 last year, a teacher from the same school was accused of molesting a Dalit student. The teacher was subsequently arrested, went to jail and the police had filed a charge-sheet in the case. The case is under trial, and the accused teacher recently got bail. All the accused staff members in the present case are those who testified as witnesses in the case against that accused teacher. We are also investigating an angle of possible witness harassment, as we suspect the involvement of the accused teacher from last year’s case behind the latest FIRs being lodged,” said Joshy.
“The latest case can’t be seen in isolation as all the accused are the ones who testified against their former colleague. We have reason to believe the accused teacher had brought the parents of the girls to the police station to lodge the FIR yesterday. He didn’t enter the police station but was waiting outside. We are investigating all angles, including whether a crime has been genuinely committed,” said SP Joshy.