Sopore: A 30-year-old government school teacher from Keeri village of Baramulla has been booked on charges of raping a minor girl, to whom he gave tuition, the incident coming to light after he took the girl for an abortion in a hospital in Pattan.
The family of the girl, a Class 11 student, is tightlipped about the case and villagers in Keeri say the incident has brought shame upon the village. The Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Baramulla, Imtiyaz Hussain, told Kashmir Reader that an FIR has been registered and the accused is behind bars. “All medical and other tests have been completed and the chargesheet will be produced before court very soon,” the SSP said.
The accused, Sheeraz Ahmad Zargar of Keeri, is a bachelor who teaches at government middle school Kreeri. A fellow teacher of his, wishing anonymity, said that the victim girl was taking tuitions from him at the accused teacher’s home in Kreeri.
Family members of the girl avoided queries from this reporter. A family member, however, said, “We will sort out this issue ourselves. We are in process of finding the best solution for both the accused teacher and the victim, so that their future can be saved.”
The neighbours were also wary of commenting on the case. One neighbour, requesting anonymity, said, “Nobody will talk here because this rape case has brought shame to our village.”
He added, “The girl passed Class 10 examinations from a school in Keeri. She is now studying in a higher secondary school in Class 11. She was taking tuition classes from this teacher.”
People in Keeri said that the accused should be given harsh punishment. Some of them said that the accused be given the death penalty.
The Kashmir teachers’ forum general secretary Mohammad Rafeeq Rather said that they immediately took up the case with Chief Education Officer Baramulla and had the accused teacher suspended from the government school.
“Teachers are the most trusted ones in the world and if such a crime is conducted by one of us, he should be terminated from his services and should get severe punishment,” Rather said.
Chief Education Officer Baramulla Abdul Ahad Ganaie confirmed the suspension of the accused teacher and said that the department has formed a committee to probe into the incident.