Patna: A woman has petitioned the Buxar superintendent of police (SP) to protect her minor son from allegedly being sexually harassed by a woman teacher, says a report in a local daily.
The woman submitted a petition to the Buxar SP Rajesh Kumar on Tuesday, requesting him to initiate action against a woman teacher, who provided tuition to her 14-year-old son.
In her petition, the woman claimed that the teacher had made advances on her pupil on one pretext or the other and tried to establish a physical relationship with him. Afraid of the teacher’s behaviour, her son, a Class IX student, stopped going to school last week.
A couple of days ago, the teacher contacted the boy on his cellphone and asked him to come to school but he refused. When the mother asked why, the boy said he was fed up with the treatment she was meting out to him in school.
“She also used to give tuition to my son. But he suddenly stopped going there,” the mother said in her police complaint. “After he narrated his tale of woes, I decided to seek police assistance.” Her petition was later sent to the Simri police station for investigation.
The mother provided a video clip of a conversation between the woman teacher and her son to the police. “The video clip is enough to show the teacher’s behaviour with her student,” she said.
The mother also apprehended a threat to her son’s life. “The teacher in question may physically harm my son,” she said. The Simri police station house officer (SHO) Sudhir Kumar Singh said on Wednesday that the woman’s petition had not yet reached the police station. “The police will certainly look into the complaint once it reaches us,” he told a journalist.
There is a counter narrative. A fight had broken out between two families over sharing of a seat at a “yagna” in the village three days ago and might be related to the teacher incident. FIRs were lodged by both families and two persons each were arrested and sent to jail.
“The incident appears to be fallout of counter-cases lodged by rival groups hailing from Dullatpur and Arjunpur villages under the jurisdiction of Simri police station,” the SHO said, adding that the police would investigate all possible angles.
Investigating officers in the two cases have been asked to ascertain the veracity of the woman’s statement and the video clip. Buxar is about 110km west of Patna.
The SHO said he came to know about the complaint when some reporters contacted him.
“The woman has not contacted the police station so far.” But a Dullatpur village resident said, “The woman first visited the local police station where her complaint was thrown into the dustbin. Later, someone suggested that she knock on the SP’s door.”