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Three Punjab teachers suspended for Dalit student's rape

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

The Department on Friday suspended a government school Principal and two teachers on charge of after the of a girl student by two of them in a school in last year came to light.

"Those placed under suspension with immediate effect are (Principal) Bharat Bhushan, a in English at the Government Senior Secondary School, Nathowal, district; Harjit Singh, Punjabi Master at the Government Senior Secondary School, Nathowal, (now posted at Government Senior Secondary School, Manuke (Ludhiana); and Sukhvir Singh, Maths Master at the same school, for moral turpitude," (Secondary Education) Paramjit Singh said here.

The headquarters of these teachers will be the office of the Officer (Secondary Education) during their suspension from service.

Police said on Thursday that and had been arrested in connection with the of the 16-year-old girl student in sub-division.

Both were booked under the POCSO Act, apart from other 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

Both were booked for 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.

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

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

on Friday instructed Secretary, School Education, Krishan Kumar, to take strict action in the case of at a government school.



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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 19:12 IST