UP teachers filmed in washroom, blackmailed into working without pay

September 25, 2020

As many as 52 teachers of a private school in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut have collectively lodged a complaint with the police accusing the school management of secretly filming them in the school’s washrooms. As per the allegations by the teachers, the school used those videos and photographs to blackmail them into working without salary for several months.

The teachers, in their complaint, stated that the secretary of the school’s management committee threatened them with their objectionable photographs and videos whenever they asked for the payment of their pending salaries.

Based on the complaint, the police registered an FIR against the secretary and his son under sections 504 (intentional insult), 354 (a) (sexual harassment) and 354 (c) (voyeurism) of the Indian Penal Code.

Meanwhile, the secretary has dismissed the allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him stating that, “There is no CCTV inside the women’s toilet. But they have been installed in the gents’ toilets. This was done against the backdrop of recent cases of murder inside some schools.”

The secretary, however, admitted that the school has failed to pay salaries to the teachers for the past few months and attributed it to the pandemic situation.

A case has been registered and the investigation is underway said the Sadar Bazar Police Station SHO, Vijay Gupta, adding that a team of officials from the forensic department has been roped in to provide assistance to the police in the investigation.

In 2017, the same school had ordered its students to get their hair cut like Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The students were also asked to not keep beards as the school was “not a madrassa where people offer namaz”.

Source: Times Now

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