Police on Monday evening arrested a primary school teacher for sexually abusing a student of class III here, after the child’s parents and relatives held a road block to protest inaction against the teacher.
Bahour police said the teacher, Harikrishnan (57), son of Jayaraman, 12, 1st Cross Street, Tagore Nagar, Lawspet was held following a complaint filed by the child’s mother on Monday, and an FIR was filed against him.
The teacher has been booked under Section 9 and 10 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012. He was produced before the local court and remanded in judicial custody.
Police said the assault took place on August 28 last and the parents immediately took it up with school authorities, but to no avail.
Then on Monday, the parents, relatives and local residents resorted to a road blockade at Bahour, as no action was taken as yet against the teacher for the heinous crime.
Bahour police personnel tried to pacify the crowd but they did not relent. School education department official A Sundararajan then spoke to the agitators and assured them of prompt action against the teacher.
Meanwhile, Director of School Education E Vallavan said his department has sought a report from the headmaster of Bahour Government Primary School.
If any prima facie case is found, then an inquiry would be conducted and severe action would be taken against the teacher, he added.
The police has informed the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) about the incident.
CWC chairperson Vidyaa Ramkumar told Express that a medical examination had been conducted on the child.
The child would be counselled to help her overcome the trauma, she added.