In a shocking incident, a teacher forced the mother of his student to have sex and circulated a video of the act in Raichur district of Karnataka. He also molested several children, often touching their private parts, and is also accused of punishing children severely.
The accused is identified as Mohammad Azaruddin, a teacher of Singapura Government School. Following a complaint against him, the Deputy Director of the Department of Public Instruction, Raichur district issued a suspension order against the accused teacher.
According to police, the mother of the student alleged that, the accused teacher had promised her that he will provide tuition to her daughter, government facilities and forced her to have physical relation with him. He had recorded the private moments and threatened the woman to cooperate with him otherwise he would make her video viral on social media. Later, he circulated the video.
The woman had lodged a complaint with the Karatagi police station. A case has been registered against Azaruddin under IPC 376 (rape) and police are looking for him.
Keeping our schools safe
It is high time that the government put in place measures to carefully screen teachers and also carry out periodic sensitization sessions for students on ‘good touch bad touch’ so that such predators masquerading as teachers think twice before preying on innocents.
A thorough background check, including social media scanning, should also be conducted to ensure that prospective teachers are not madrassa-educated or religiously indoctrinated. It might be politically incorrect to say this, but many madrassas are dens of child sexual abuse. It is a known fact that children exposed to abuse at a young age are more prone to become sexually disturbed in their adulthood. The dehumanization of non-Muslims taught in many madrassas is also a red flag that the secular Indian state has long ignored, to the detriment of ordinary citizens.
Exemplary punishment should be handed down to such predatory ‘teachers’ as the situation is getting out of hand, and parents just don’t know if their children are safe in school anymore. But sadly the highest judiciary of the land is more interested in reforming convicted child rapists and murderers, and quoting little known European playwrights.
(With IANS inputs)