School principal, two nuns arrested on alleged molestation charge
<>Ambikapur (Chhattisgarh): The Chhattisgarh police on Saturday arrested three people, including principal Dhanna Swamy and hostel warden Krist Maria of Jyoti Mission School for their alleged involvement in the molestation case of a minor girl.<>
According to Podi SHO BD Sidar, earlier, the three were booked under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), but later, when the medical reports didn’t confirm rape, Section 376 against the accused was withdrawn. The principal has been sent to Manendra Sub Jail while the two nuns have been kept under custody in Ambikapur Central Jail, he added.<>
Talking on the issue, Roman Catholic Bishop Patras Minj expressed disappointment over the incident. He termed it as a conspiracy by a few anti-social elements who were out to defame the minorities. The live example of this is the Jyoti Mission School incident where the principal and the nuns were held accused of rape, whereas the medical reports did not confirm any such incident, he said.
Minj said that although the police and the administration were aware of the fact, they registered the case under pressure from the anti-social elements and a few politicians. Condemning the incident, he said that these elements were attempting to vitiate the environment in schools, churches and other places. He demanded from the administration and the state government a high-level probe into the incident.
President of Mahila Christian Community Francisca Beck in her reaction said such anti-social elements were attempting to defame the community. She said that the people of the community would stage protest till justice is given.<>
Meanwhile, protesting the incident, traders kept their shutters closed on Friday and as many as 400 students staged a blockade on NH-43, demanding action against the accused. <>