Kerala teacher who allegedly sexually abused students for 2 decades detained | Latest India News
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A suspected habitual offender who posted an informal message on social media on the last day of his 3-decade teaching career glorifying his profession and his career was met with a barrage of “me too” allegations that ultimately led to his arrest in Malappuram District in Kerala on Friday.
Retired on March 31, KV Sasi Kumar, an all-girls senior secondary school teacher and prominent Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPI(M), district leader, posted a social media post last month glorifying his career . but more than bouquets of brickbats awaited him. Initially, a former student recounted his bitter experience in his hands years ago and there was a barrage of messages against him.
Shortly after shocking allegations surfaced, the party expelled Kumar, who was a three-time city councilor and leader of the teachers’ union, but tried to save his own skin saying “he was targeted because of a internal party division” but there were no takers for his version. He was arrested on Friday from his hiding place in Wayanad.
Some of the students said they repeatedly complained to the school principal and management, but he used his political connections to sabotage them. Some of them even said that he used to touch them inappropriately and only realized his “advances” later in life. Police said more than 75 students had brought assault charges against him, but the majority were unwilling to press charges saying they could not pursue litigation. And some of them are already married and lead a family life.
Interestingly, some of these cases date back more than a decade and police have sought legal advice on whether the provisions of the Protection of Children Against Sexual Offenses Act (POCSO) can be enforced against him. . There are reports that more than 500 children have gone through the ordeal, but most of them are not ready to open up.
Embarrassed, National Education Minister V Sivan Kutty asked Director of General Education K Jeevan Babu to investigate how complaints against him had been ignored and identify those who have protected for all these years. The CPI(M) has also opened an internal investigation into those who helped it. “It is a serious problem and we did not expect this from a teacher. We will also denounce those who helped him,” the minister said.
The school alumni association has decided to set up a common platform to lodge a complaint against the teacher and ensure the confidentiality of the victims. “It was a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It is a disgrace to the state that it has survived all these days with the muscle power of the party. He was protected by many,” an alumni association official said.
Two alumni association officials, Beena Pillai and Mini Sakeer, had held a press conference on May 11 in Malappuram and called on the government to set up a special investigation team to investigate the charges against the teacher. “We need a full investigation into how this horrific crime has been covered up for all these years. We have information that two children even attempted suicide and some of them were forced to interrupt their studies,” Pillai said.
Police said only one case was registered against him at Malappuram Women’s Police Station. Malappuram SP Sujith Das said a special team has been formed and approached former students to record their statements. If school officials and management were aware of his alleged crime, they would also be reserved, he said.