Palakkad officials of Childline has decided to sue media houses in Kerala for publicising sensitive information pertaining to the identity of the seven year old girl who was alleged abused by her school teacher. A case has been charged against 37-year-old VP Sasikumar who abused the girl on 8 March and has been absconding since then,
According to the district childline officials, a team led by the district coordinator visited the government school in the district based on a tip-off. The girl on being counselled confirmed that she was abused by the teacher.
“We received a call on our toll-free number on Friday and visited the school to meet the girl child. In the process of counselling the girl, she said that she was indeed abused by the teacher a few days ago. We then forwarded the report to the Cheruplassery police,” a Childline official said.
"Some media outlets even reported the name of the school, which is against the law. In cases related to the abuse of minors, it is illegal to divulge any information that could help others identity the victim. The parents of the girl child are already worried, after several Malayalam publications gave away the name of the school. We are holding a meeting on Tuesday to decide on the further course of action," the official said.
A case has been registered against Sasikumar under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. However, the police have not been able to nab the teacher yet.
"Sasikumar has not turned up to class since March 10, Friday. He went on a casual leave for a day and failed to report to work on Monday. Police say that he is absconding. We have initiated an internal inquiry into the incident and the Assistant Education Officer (AEO) will now take necessary disciplinary action against Sasikumar. Based on the AEO's decision, Sasikumar is expected to be suspended from service," the HM said.
The Head Mistress also added that neither there has been any such complaints against the teacher, nor any parents have come up with such allegations against him.
Sasikumar joined the school in July last year, after he got transferred from a school in Wayanad district.