School principal arrested under Pocso Act

School principal arrested under Pocso Act

M Lokesh

Police arrested the principal of Ekalavya Residential School at Mangala in the taluk for allegedly sexually abusing high school girls during an education tour, on Saturday.

School principal M Lokesh has been arrested under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act. He had allegedly misbehaved with the girls during the school trips, organised on December 29 and 30, 2018 and on January 14 and 15.

According to the police, the principal had also threatened the staff members. He was arrested as the girls' parents had filed a complaint with District ST Welfare Officer Krishnappa, who visited the school on Friday night.

One of the staff members claimed that several students had complained against Lokesh and the parents had brought the issue to the notice of the authorities concerned. Lokesh had threatened the students also, he said.

Lokesh allegedly made an attempt to assault and threatened Krishnappa, when he visited the police station to lodge a complaint. Hanur police are investigating the case.