Men beat up TN teacher in classroom for allegedly sexually harassing student

Mathematics teacher Kannan had reportedly harassed the class 10 student during special classes.
 Men beat up TN teacher in classroom for allegedly sexually harassing student
Men beat up TN teacher in classroom for allegedly sexually harassing student

In a shocking case from Thiruvannamalai district in Tamil Nadu, a school teacher was beaten up by a group of unidentified men in a classroom, in front of the students, on Monday, for allegedly sexually harassing a girl student from the school.

Video footage of the attack shows a group of about 20 men, clad in sports jerseys and lungis, entering the classroom during class hours and attacking the teacher, even as the terrified students look on. While some students scurried towards one corner of the classroom, a few are seen calling out to the mob to stop the attack. The men continue beating the teacher on his head, even slamming a plastic chair over his body. When the teacher fell on the ground, the group continued to kick him, until they are stopped by school authorities, who walked in after an alarm was raised.

While the police are yet to book a case on the sexual harassment allegation and the assault against the teacher, Thiruvannamalai Additional SP G Vanitha told TNM, “The female student has said that the incident happened in September. She told her parents now. An inquiry is going on.”

According to reports, Kannan, a Mathematics teacher at the school, reportedly harassed the class 10 student at the special classes held during quarterly holidays in September. The student had reportedly missed a week of classes following the incident. When her parents questioned her on this recently, she reportedly said that she had been harassed by Kannan.

In a different video that has emerged, headmaster of the school Santhakumar, when confronted about why no action had been taken on the teacher, is seen telling social workers, in the presence of the student’s relatives, that the school has not received any written complaint to take action. However, in the same video, the headmaster is soon heard contradicting his statement: “We have made all efforts to take action.”

The men who beat up the teacher are suspected to be relatives of the student.

According to the Handbook on Implementation of POCSO Act, 2012 for School Management and Staff by the National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development, “A committee consisting of Principal or Vice-Principal, one male teacher, one female teacher, one female student, one male student and one non-teaching staff member must be set up to serve as complaints and redressal body."

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