Nagpur: The pervert cook of a school in Koradi, booked on the charges of sexually harassing and molesting minor girl students, was booked and slapped with sections of Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes (Prevention of Atrocity) Act.
Earlier, Koradi police had booked the accused cook Jamir Shah under section 354(A) of the IPC read with 7, 8, 11, 12 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012.
The name of the school where the incident took place is Tuli Public School, reportedly run by influential businessman Mohabbat Singh Tuli who has political links.
The accused was on Friday produced before a court which remanded him to Magisterial Custody. However, considering the seriousness of the case, Jaripatka Division ACP Ramesh Taiwade sought police custody of the accused to which the court has given PCR till January 10.
A sexual harassment case was registered on Thursday against the cook of Tuli Public School located at Bokhara Road on the fringes of the city. The matter came to fore during a routine visit of Tribal Officer Shubhangi Sapkal and her team. The victimized girl tribal students who were studying at the school under the ‘integrated tribal development project’.
The accused Shah, who has been working with the institution for around six years, allegedly used to ‘touch’ the girls in a questionable manner on their cheeks and other parts of the body. A standard III student told the project officials on Wednesday that she was among the many who would be ‘touched’ by Shah regularly.
Around 96 girls from Nagpur district were among the 250 students from different parts of Vidarbha who are studying at the school which has a residential facility. “The school receives grant of around Rs40,000 per annum, per student,” said a tribal department officer.
The tribal department, after learning about the incident, approached Koradi police which then sent a team to the school to record statements of four survivors. Women cops also spoke to the girls. Police did not reveal if the girls had complained to the school management earlier and whether any action was taken.