This teacher raped girls after forcing them to bathe in front of him

Aurangabad: The year 2017 has recorded a huge no. of cases of molestation and rapes. From the New Year's Eve till today's date, many have been booked under sexual abuse.

A teacher in government aided-residential school in Beed district is arrested on Saturday for allegedly forcing girl students to bathe naked in front of him and later used to rape them at night.

The matter highlighted when a class 7 student of the same school wrote to an advocacy group complaining about the teacher. The minor student who was pulled out of school by parents to marry at minor age wrote, that the accused has been practicing this from last five years.

Police has lodged complaint under sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, and Sexual Harassment Act of the Indian Penal Code against the accused teacher.

The government hostel comprises of 120 children out of which 36 are girls. The school has eight male teachers, two of whom live in the school for a week on rotational basis. It however, does not have a female teacher or warden.

"We visited the school accompanied by senior government officials from the social welfare department. When asked, the girls shared their experiences of sexual abuse as mentioned in the letter," said Abhiyan founder Varsha Deshpande.