A school teacher was arrested by the Amberpet police in Hyderabad for allegedly clicking photographs of Class IX students on his mobile phone on Friday. Police said Ramesh, a physics teacher, took pictures of the girls inside the Sri Chaitanya School premises at DD Colony on his mobile phone. The case came into light after two parents filed a complaint against the accused for alleged harassment of their children inside the school premises. A case has been slapped against the school Principal also for allegedly trying to hush up the matter, the police said.
According to the police, Ramesh, who was also the floor-in-charge in the school, used to allegedly take pictures of students who misbehaved. â€śSubsequently, he started to take photos of girls who walked in the school corridor that led to the toilets. The students complained to their parents that the teacher was harassing them by taking photos. Parents also alleged that the students were touched inappropriately,â€ť Amberpet SHO Anand Kumar said.
Parents also claimed that Ramesh showed sleazy videos to the girl students.
After the matter spread in public domain, the Principal reportedly sent mediators to the studentsâ€™ houses on Thursday to pacify the parents. Agitated parents said that they will settle the matter only in the school on Friday.
Tension prevailed at the school after the issue escalated and parents staged a protest on Friday raising slogans of 'we want justice' and demanding his arrest. They said that such an incident should not repeat again.
Fearing for his life, the teacher ran into the Principal's room. Despite this, he was roughed up and the police reached the spot and escorted him out.
A case has been booked against Ramesh under section 354 (1) (Physical contact and advances involving unwelcome and explicit sexual overtures) of the IPC, besides relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and Juvenile Justice Act.
Police have also booked the school principal for not reporting the issue to the police and trying to hush up the matter outside school.
In a similar incident last year, the principal of Atomic Energy Central School in ECIL was arrested after he sexually assaulted a girl student in an inebriated state inside his cabin. The case came into light after the girl reported the incident to her parents and a case was filed at the Kushaiguda police station.