Raped by teacher twice, Dalit minor slashes her wrist
A 16-year-old Dalit student in Surendranagar slashed her wrists in an attempt to kill herself after the headmaster of her school in Chotila raped her twice and molested her at every given opportunity, leading to severe physical and mental trauma over the period of a year.
Chotila police filed an FIR against Batuk Bhatti after a medical-legal case was filed following the girl’s attempted suicide. The headmaster, who is also trustee of Kamal Vidyamandir School, was booked under sections (rape and molestation) of the IPC, under Sections 5 and 6 of POCSO Act and under multiple sections of the Atrocity Act.
Massive protests erupted in Chotila with Dalit community members blocking a part of Ahmedabad-Rajkot highway for hours on Tuesday , demanding action against the accused. Following this, Bhatti (33) was arrested on Wednesday.
Investigation Officer DySP S J Pawar of SC/ST Cell said, “We have placed the accused under arrest. He has a previous case of atrocity and assault filed against him. We will present him in court on Thursday and make sure he does not make bail. Meanwhile, we are waiting for the girl’s medical report.”
The parents of the minor work as labourers in Rajkot. They rushed to Chotila on Tuesday evening after being told by Chotila police that their daughter, who stayed in the hostel, had attempted suicide.
In the FIR, the girl’s mother stated that her daughter had informed her that she had tried to take her own life following multiple rapes and continued molestation by Bhati. She told police that Bhati not just threatened to kill the girl and her parents but also threatened to leak intimate photos and videos that he had taken while raping her in his office and on the roof of the hostel.
The girl also described two instances where she had been raped by the accused. The first was on December 22, 2019, when Bhatti allegedly called her to his office. “He sent the female hostel warden away on an errand, threw her on the sofa and raped her. Fifteen days later, in January, he came to her hostel room at night and asked her to meet him on the terrace, threatening to leak her photos and video if she did not do as asked. Scared, she went to the terrace where he raped her again even though she sobbingly begged him not to,” the complaint stated.
The last nail in the coffin was when she was allegedly called to his office on February 10. “He sent the warden away on some errand. Closing the door, he told her that in the run up to Valentine’s Day, February 10 was
‘Teddy Day’ and asked her if she wanted to purchase anything. When she refused, he pulled at her shirt and proceeded to sexually molest her. He then asked her to be ready when he called her in a while as they had to go out on some work.
Unable to take this constant harassment, she slash her left wrist with a blade multiple times and fell unconscious. Her roommate found her and raised an alarm, following which, she was taken to hospital for treatment,” complaint stated.
Advocate Dipika Rathod, representing the family, said the victim was taken for medical examination to Chotila Civil Hospital after which a panchnama was carried out. They are hoping that other girls, who may have faced sexual exploitation by the accused, will come forward to file complaints against him .
When asked if Bhatti had molested or raped other girls at the hostel, DySP Pawar said, “All parents have taken their wards home after the incident so we couldn’t question them. Further investigation in the matter will be taken up.
Courtesy : Ahmedabad Mirror