Sexual assault on student Civil society demands stern action against seminary teacher

Special Correspondent
Srinagar, Feb 5: Jammu and Kashmir Police arresting a teacher of a religious seminary on the charges of sexually harassing a student in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district has sent shockwaves across Kashmir.
An analyst while talking to Precious Kashmir said, “It’s unfortunate that a minor boy was assaulted by his teacher that too within a seminary.”
He said, “Some black sheep seem to be hell bent upon ruining the very fabric of our society. For Kashmiris religious seminaries are very sacred place and the sanity of the places needs to be maintained.”
An observer said that it’s a serious issue and it cannot be brushed under the carpet as we send our children to these seminaries to acquire religious knowledge. “The teachers like the one who has been arrested should be given an exemplary punishment so no one dares to indulge in such a dirty act. Black sheep need to be identified and thrown out.”
He said that there are hundreds of religious seminaries across Kashmir and parents send their children to these seminaries at a very young age. “People who impart religious teachings to the children are expected to be very pious and learned scholars. They are expected to prepare the younger generation for better,” the observer added.
A religious scholar while talking to this newspaper said that such teachers are a blot on the entire community. “The alleged act committed by the teacher is a big sin and needs to be condemned by one and all,” he said, adding that “We should boycott such people and ensure that they don’t get entry into any seminary across the state.”
It’s in place to mention here that a teacher of a religious seminary was arrested on the charges of sexually assaulting a minor boy. The seminary teacher was arrested after the victim along with his father registered a case with the police alleging the seminary teacher sexually assaulted him. Initially the teacher evaded the arrest but he was taken into custody after a massive manhunt.
A police official said that a written complaint was received at Kreeri police station on January 28 from a student (a minor boy) accompanied by his father, to the effect that on December 20, 2017 a teacher of the seminary had sexually assaulted him. According to the complainant, the teacher called him to his room after morning prayers and sexually assaulted him while other students were taking lessons.
He said police registered a case under Section 377/506 of the RPC and investigation was taken up.

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