Posted On Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 09:16:22 AM
Officers from the Crime Branch and Chatuhshrungi police station on Wednesday arrested a teacher for allegedly sexually assaulting at least 22 female students of a city school over the last two months. The school conducted an inquiry into the matter and then lodged a complaint against the teacher.
A team headed by police inspectors Bhanupratap Barge and Ajay Kadam arrested the teacher, identified as Pradeep Ghotaskar (50), a resident of Panchvati in Pashan. Ghotaskar teaches ‘writing skills’ to the students.
The incident came to light after a few teachers of the school realised that the students — all from Class V — were being assaulted after they interacted with them and their parents.
The teachers then approached the school’s management. Barge said the school approached them and that they investigated the matter. It was found that Ghotaskar allegedly sexually abused them in their classroom during physical training sessions.
At least 22 girls gave their statements to the school. These statements were verified by the police. On Friday, after the police probe was complete, the school decided to file a complaint. The school then called a meeting of the parents last Friday and a general opinion was sought on the matter.
The director of the school lodged a complaint. “The incident has been taken seriously and Ghotaskar has been arrested,” Barge said.