In a shocking case, a minor girl ended her life after harassment by her teacher, Usman, who had been sending her inappropriate messages on social media.
The 12-year-old 8th grader at a private English medium school in Melparamba, Kasargod district, Kerala was found dead at her home on September 7.
Earlier, her father had stumbled upon the inappropriate messages on her mobile phone and the parents reported the issue to the school principal during a PTA meet. Following this, the principal took up the matter with the teacher.
The distraught father said that his child was under mental strain ever since. It is alleged that Usman called the minor the day before she took her life and intimidated her.
It is unclear why the school did not immediately suspend the teacher, and bar him from interacting with students. SCPCR (State Commission for Protection of Child Rights) authorities should have been informed too, so the girl could be counseled. The school seems to have taken the route adopted by many schools when such issues occur, that is to try and brush it under the carpet with a warning to the teacher – all to avoid getting a ‘bad name’. But now a young life has been lost forever.
The shocking incident happened at Melparamba and the teacher Usman is a native of neighboring Adhur in Kasargod.
After the girl’s death, Usman went on the run but has now been caught from Mumbai. He has been charged with provisions under POCSO and the Juvenile Justice Acts. Kerala SCPCR took suo moto cognizance of the issue and asked the district police chief to file a report before October 4.
Times of India rightly did not reveal the identity of the minor girl. But they went a step further and suppressed the name of the accused teacher too. Why they did it, should not difficult for an aware reader to surmise.