Mumbai: A private school teacher in his 20s was arrested in Mumbai for allegedly abetting a minor girl student’s suicide in Kerala’s Kasaragod.
A case was registered against the teacher under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and the Juvenile Justice Act days after the 12-year-old girl died by suicide.
Upon learning about the girl’s death, the accused entered Karnataka and later, crossed the Maharashtra border. The police hunted for him and caught him in Mumbai.
The accused was brought back to Kerala on Monday and arrested after being questioned. The police team would be seeking court permission today to take custody of the accused for interrogation and evidence.
According to the police, the accused had sent inappropriate messages to a class eight girl, through social media. Her parents came across the messages and warned the girl.
Her father brought the issue to the notice of the school management and took up the matter with the teacher as well.
The police explained, “The messages were improper for a teacher to send to a 12-year-old student. The girl was suspected to have ended the life out of mental tension as her parents read the messages.” However, this is just a speculation and conclusions could be drawn only after a detailed probe, the police further added.
The victim’s father had earlier told the media that his daughter ended her life following mental harassment by the teacher.