In a country where teachers are regarded as Gods, the principal of a school raped his student and impregnated her, for which the convict was awarded a death sentence by a court in Bihar.
The order was passed on Monday by a Special POCSO judge, Awadesh Kumar, who said that he couldn’t grant a lesser punishment to the accused due to the nature of the crime. Apart from this, he also slapped a fine of Rs. 1 lakh on the 31-year-old principal Arvind Kumar.
Another teacher, Abhishek Kumar, who helped the criminal to execute his acts has been punished with life imprisonment and a penalty of Rs. 50,000, which will be given to the victim whose father is a daily wage worker. The second accused used to teach at the same school.
While announcing the order, the court said, “Considering the nature of this case against the main accused Arvind Kumar, I am unable to impose the sentence less than capital punishment.”
The incident dates back to 2018 when the teacher Abhishek sent the Class 5 victim to the principal over the pretext of checking her notes. She was raped 6 times over 6 months time by the principal in a secluded room of the school’s building where a bed too was placed.
The case was brought to light in September 2018, after the victim’s parents took her to a doctor as she was having vomiting constantly. Upon examination, the doctor said that the 11-year-old was pregnant and underwent sexual assault, according to the Special public prosecutor Suresh Chandra Prasad.
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Following this, the victim disclosed the incidents after questioning from her parents. They immediately informed the police and a case was lodged under the POCSO Act (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) and other related sections of the IPC (Indian Penal Code).
The girl was allowed to go through an abortion at the Patna Medical College and Hospital by the court.
As the matter gained public attention and massive uproar, the school shut down.
The prosecution had 6 witnesses along with the victim and a female SHO Ravi Ranjana Kumari, the investigating officer.
Soon after the verdict was delivered, the mother of the victim told the media, “I lived under constant threats and went out of Patna for some time as well. I am satisfied with the court verdict. It came before a day of Saraswati Puja.”