On May 24, a 34-year-old female teacher was arrested in Chandigarh for allegedly sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy, reported HT.

The boy was taking tuition from her

The woman is a government school teacher. Both the boy and the accused are neighbours at Ram Darbar colony in Sector 31, Chandigarh. The families know each other well. The boy, a Class 10 student, and his younger sister started taking tuitions from the woman in September 2017.

On May 21, the boy’s parents confronted the teacher about the alleged abuse. They then contacted Childline, a 24-hour toll-free helpline service for children in distress. The helpline guided them to lodge a complaint with the police. Nilambari Vijay Jagdale, Chandigarh senior superintendent of police, told HT, “We have registered a case under Section 6 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act”.

The teacher had earlier requested the parents to send their daughter for tuition separately so that she could ‘focus’ on the son. However, she started abusing the boy physically from the beginning of this year. She also gave him a SIM card to keep in contact.

Consequently, the boy’s grades dropped in March. His mother, looking at his weak performance, barred him from going to the teacher for tuitions.

The teacher, who is the mother of two girls, aged 10 and 8 years, had grown possessive about the boy

Dr Sangeeta Jund, project director of Childline, Chandigarh, said the teacher told his parents in April to send him for tuitions. She requested the parents to meet her along with their son one last time at her house on May 21. To everyone’s shock, she locked the boy in a room in her house in the presence of his parents, her husband and daughters.

It was when the neighbours intervened that the boy was rescued. However, the teacher later followed the family into  their house, got hold of a bottle of cough syrup and gulped it down, in a bid to show the family she was committing suicide.

The parents called the police right away and the woman was taken to hospital. She remained hospitalised for a day. Meanwhile, the parents reached out to Childline and were advised to file a police complaint. The teacher was produced before a local court. At present, she is in judicial custody.

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