As many are busy celebrating women’s day with empowering messages, stories, and events; an ugly reality about women’s safety in our country surfaced which broke our hearts.
In a shocking incident, a school teacher in Telangana, who was arrested by the Police in the case of the alleged rape of a student has confessed of 10 more sexual assaults.
Based on the complaint of one of the victims, a 27-year-old who worked as a private school teacher in Wanaparthy district was arrested on Friday.
When the parents noticed bloodstains on their daughter’s uniform, they kept asking her questions which made her reveal the truth. This is when the young girl opened up about the trauma she had gone through. As the details of crime came to light, many angry villagers assaulted the teacher identified as Sama Sharath Kumar.
When the police interrogated the accused during the police investigation, the teacher has admitted to committing more such heinous acts.
Sharath, who hails from Nagarkunrool district, has been teaching at Swami Vivekananda School in Yedhutla village for the last three years. In that period, he has sexually assaulted 11 girls, aged 9 and 10 years old.
The police further shared, Sharath used to give specials classes to students before and after the school hours. It was during these classes that he sexually abused his students. Some villagers also claimed that there are more girls who have been abused but are reluctant to come forward.
Wanaparthy Deputy Superintendent of Police, Kiran Kumar, told News18.
“He does not remember the names of the girls he assaulted. They used to attend his tuition classes in batches, and this has been happening since 2018. So we don’t even know who those girls are and where they are. As of now, only two of the girls are known.”
He further added,
“He used to lure them saying he would use his influence to help them secure admissions and clear exams.”
The teacher has been booked under Section 376 (punishment for rape), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with the intent to outrage her modesty) and under relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. Under the amended POCSO Act aggravated sexual assault on minors is a crime punishable by the death penalty.
Celebrating women’s day signifies how we love, respect and admire women of our country. But, if little girls of mere age 9 or 10 become victims of sex-deprived society, we are left to question the core essence of celebrating women’s day.
At IFORHER, we feel heartbroken as we are failing at protecting our kids from these monsters. If we have become a society where little girls are being raped on the pretext of teaching, it shows how low we have fallen.