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Punjab school head, teacher held for raping Dalit student a year ago

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

A government school principal and a have been arrested on the charge of raping a 16-year-old girl student in sub-division of Punjab, police said on Thursday.

Both have been booked under the POCSO Act, apart from other relevant provisions of the law.

The crime was allegedly committed a year ago but came to light after another came across a WhatsApp audio message in which two men -- reportedly the accused Principal and -- were heard discussing the Class 11 student's abortion.

After the matter was brought to the notice of police and other authorities, the girl's statement was recorded before a

Accused teacher Harjit Singh and have been booked for rape and criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, Act, and Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

Police sources said after the girl became pregnant after rape, she was forced to abort and threatened to keep quiet about the matter.

(Rural) of Police told the media that the teenager alleged that she was raped by the teacher in the school library.

The teacher is no longer posted in the school where the girl was studying.

The State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has sought a report from the in this matter.



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First Published: Thu, February 08 2018. 22:48 IST