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Sexual Harassment in Schools Gets Bigger in TN as Another Teacher, Sports Trainer Held

Representational image.

Representational image.

Police say several complaints are getting anonymously lodged against teachers, and so far, the Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan, Maharishi Vidya Mandir, and the Chettinad Vidyashram have had complaints against its teachers.

The Chennai police have arrested a teacher at a private school and a trainer at a sports academy on charges of sexual harassment after allegations pouring by the dozen.

The police have arrested, under the Protection of Children under Sexual Offences Act, a teacher at the Maharishi Vidya Mandir in Chennai, after conducting a preliminary investigation. The police also booked a sports trainer, also holding a position at the GST Commissionerate in Chennai, on similar charges. The school, in a Twitter post, said immediate action has been taken against the alleged perpetrator by suspending him, and that an inquiry would be conducted.

According to police sources, several complaints are getting anonymously lodged against teachers, and that the police would take action appropriately. So far, the Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan, Maharishi Vidya Mandir, and the Chettinad Vidyashram have had complaints against its teachers.

The action by the police was triggered by strong social media action against the Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan in the wake of severe criticism of one teacher at the school. The school’s governors have been called in for questioning too, besides the arrest of the teacher.

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first published:June 09, 2021, 17:36 IST