PUDUCHERRY: A sweeper of a Government Primary School, located at Pudukuppam, was on Saturday arrested over charges of molesting a 9-year-old girl child, a few days back.
The accused identified as Bharanidharan (40) has been booked under POCSO act. The victim is a 3rd standard student.
The issue came to light after ‘Childline’ alerted the Child Welfare Committee, on September 11, whose officials inquired the child. It was then that the child revealed that Bharanidharan came into the class room during lunch break and cajoled her into removing her clothes. When she refused, he himself forcibly undressed her after giving her a chocolate. He, subsequently, tried to have penetrative sex with her besides forcing her to touch his private parts.
However, the victim managed to wriggle out and later informed her class teacher about the incident. But the teacher didn’t bother do act on the complaint. The very same day, the girl narrated the incident to her father, who in turn informed ‘Childline.’
CWC chairperson, Vidyaa Ramkumar said since the matter was brought to the notice of the CWC, it became mandatory for the CWC to direct the police authorities to enquire into the issue and file a case on behalf of the victim. The CWC demanded immediate action against the accused and the class teacher for not taking steps to safeguard the modesty of the minor girl.
Consequently, Thavalakuppam police filed an FIR and arrested Bharanidharan on Saturday.