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13 year old student in TN attempts suicide alleging molestation

The class 7 student had complained to her parents that D. Muralikrishna, her teacher was touching her inappropriately and that despite being warned, he was continuing with his indecent behavior.

CHENNAI:

A 55-year-old teacher was arrested in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore district on March 29 after a 13-year-old girl student of his class attempted suicide accusing him of molesting her several times.

The class 7 student had complained to her parents that D. Muralikrishna was touching her inappropriately and that despite being warned, he was continuing with his indecent behavior.

Instead of supporting the child, the parents told her that she must be wrong and should feel as though the teacher was her grandfather.

Police said that the attitude of her parents pushed the girl into acute depression and she attempted suicide by drinking varnish at her home on March 26.

The parents then approached the police and the teacher was arrested on March 28. The SHO at Tiruvallam police in Vellore district booked the teacher under Sections 7 (Sexual assault), 8 (punishment for sexual assault), 9 (aggravated sexual assault), and 10 (punishment for aggravated sexual assault) of the Protection for Children Under Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act of 2012.

Tiruvallam police also said that he was booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Woman Act 1998 and arrested the teacher.

Police said that the condition of the girl is stable and she was recovering at a private hospital. IANS

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