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16-year-old girl called ‘prostitute’ by teacher for letting fellow student keep his head on her lap

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Mumbai: A 16-year-old girl was allegedly called a prostitute by her tutor in Maharashtra’s Mumbai, reportedly after she let a fellow student keep his head on her lap. Following a complaint, the police arrested the tutor under relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.

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The incident occurred on October 29 in Mumbai’s Andheri (West) area where the 48-year-old arrestee takes private tuition classes. The tutor claimed that during a class, he noticed a male student keeping his head on the teenage girl’s lap. He flew into rage and chided the 16-year-old girl. He made abusive remarks and even used the “prostitute” word.

The girl, after coming back home, informed her parents about the matter. Her parents then approached the police. The girl informed the cops that the fellow student’s head touched her lap while he up picking up his pencil which he had dropped, according to a report published by The Indian Express.

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The police registered a case against the teacher under the IPC’s Section 509 ((act, word or gesture intended to insult woman’s modesty) and the POCSO Act’s Section 12 (sexual harassment). “We arrested the tutor the same day. He was produced before a sessions court where he was granted bail,” the IE report quoted a police officer as saying.

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This comes days after a woman in Telangana’s Hyderabad apparently filed a false complaint alleging that she was gang-raped by her neighbour and two of his friends. As per reports, the woman in question told the police that she resorted to filing a false complaint of gang-rape because her neighbour had refused to give her a sum of Rs 10,000 for medical treatment.

The police have sought legal opinion for taking appropriate action in the case. The details of the FIR lodged on the basis of the woman’s complaint, and the latest statement given by her have been sent for legal advice, an officer said.

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