KodaikanalHead Master Molesting Children for 25 years caught
HUNT ON FOR ABSCONDING MAN
Bhutanese girl accuses Kodaikanal school head of misbehaviour
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
Madurai: A 14-year-old Bhutanese girl,studying in class 9 in Kodaikanal Public School,has alleged that the 73-year-old principal sexually molested her while she was recouping in the sick room on June 13.
The school,situated in Kodaikanal town in Dindigul district,was established in 1982 and is reputed to be one of the best co-educational institutions in the region.
On June 15,on hearing the childs complaint,father Charles Samraj,a CSI priest in Yercaud,and the girls guardian,demanded that the school issue a transfer certificate for his ward.
Samraj also took the girl to the Kodaikanal police to lodge a complaint.According to sources,the principal,known only as Bright,even on the website of the school,had mentioned fee concessions to 17 students,who had been provided with boarding facilities in his living quarters.
Bright was in the habit of asking the children to watch television in the late evenings.The girl complained that on June 13,the principal,who had come to the sick room in the absence of other staff,had allegedly touched her inappropriately,sub-inspector of police Catherine Mary told The Times Of India.
The police have registered a case against Bright under IPC sections 294 (B),(use of obscene language) and 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and section 4 of the Women Harassment Act.
Bright is absconding and the police are on the lookout for him.
The girl also complained that the principal had demanded Rs 40,000 for handing over the TC.
CHENNAI: The 73-year-old correspondent of the reputed Kodaikanal Public School, M L Brite, is on the run, charged with the molestation of a Class IX student, who joined the residential school just over a month ago.
The 14-year-old, a citizen of Bhutan, was sexually molested by the 73-year-old correspondent, says the complaint filed with the Kodaikanal police by the student’s guardian.
Brite asked the girl to visit his room in her nightgown late in the night along with another girl on June 1. The other girl ignored the call but the new girl went ahead.
She was asked to serve coffee to Brite, who then allegedly misbehaved with her. When the girl refused to give in to his demands, Brite threatened her, using abusive language.
The frightened girl fell ill and she was admitted to hospital. The correspondent went to the hospital and when no one was around allegedly molested her. The girl called her guardian, who came and filed a police complaint on June 18.
The officer in charge of Kodaikanal Police Station told Express that preliminary investigations said that the educationist, running the school in the hill station for 27 years, had a history of harassing women, particularly teachers, for several decades, and at the Mother Teresa University, where he was a visiting lecturer. This was the first time a formal complaint had being lodged against him, the officer said.