On October 31, the Uchana policefiled an FIR against the principal under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and Section 354.
This action followed the disclosure by around 15 school girls who had written a detailed letter, spanning five pages, addressed to the President, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice of India, Haryana Governor, Education Minister, Women’s Commission, and other higher authorities. In the letter, they cited instances of sexual assault by the principal, who purportedly threatened to fail them in practical exams and for other undisclosed purposes.The accused had been on the run for the past five days but was apprehended by an SIT composed of DSP Amit Bhatia, Women SHO Mukesh Rani, Uchana Kalan SHO Balwan Singh, and Sub Inspector Prem Kumari, according to police sources.
In this case, 60 girls have come forward with allegations of sexual assault by the accused, who had reportedly covered the door of his office in the school with a black film. Subsequently, the State Women’s Commission summoned police officials, the education department, and the victimized girls for discussions. However, the accused failed to appear before the court.
DSP Amit Bhatia, in conversation with TOI, stated, “We have conducted raids at multiple locations to apprehend the accused, identified as Kartar Singh, both within the state and outside the state. We succeeded in capturing him on Saturday, and he will be presented in court on Sunday for further legal proceedings. Our actions were based on substantial evidence, and many girls have approached the education department, with a significant number providing statements to the police. We will also investigate his past service records. Strong action will be taken in this matter,” he added.
(The victims’ identity has not been revealed to protect her privacy as per Supreme Court directives on cases related to sexual assault)