Teacher held for 'sodomising' student

A teacher of one of the oldest schools in the city was arrested on Friday for allegedly repeatedly sodomising a 16-year-old student for over a year in the school in central Delhi’s Ajmeri Gate. 

The accused was produced before Tis Hazari Court and sent to Tihar Jail, police said on Saturday.

Mohammad Bilal, 48, hails from Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat district and is a trained graduate teacher in Anglo Arabic Senior Secondary School. Founded in 1696, the school is now a co-educational government-aided school managed by Delhi Education Society and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung is the president of the school managing committee.

Police said Bilal was arrested after a student of class 12 approached Kamla Market police station on Friday. 

In his statement, the boy told police that he was sodomised in the National Service Scheme room of the school around 12:30 pm.

“The teacher had threatened to fail the student in his exams if he revealed the sexual assault,” a source said. The boy claimed that he had been repeatedly sodomised for the last one year, but he finally informed his parents on Friday. Late on Friday, the boy’s parents went to Kamla Market police station and lodged a complaint.

A case under Section 377 (unnatural offences) of the Indian Penal Code was filed after his medical examination was conducted at Lok Nayak Hospital. The boy has also told police that Bilal had offered to teach him alone around two years ago.

A source in the school told Deccan Herald that Bilal’s two sons also study in the school. It is also alleged that Bilal may have sexually assaulted more students with the help of two other teachers identified as Mohammad Salim and Faizul Haq.

“They have been working in the school for over 25 years and have the support of the school management. Some female teachers of the school also alleged that they were harassed by the three teachers,” the source said.

A teacher in the school, Sunita, had also complained about Bilal, Salim and Faizul’s behaviour with the Delhi government’s Directorate of Education in 2012. No action was taken over the complaint.

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