In a fresh development in the sexual harassment case involving the correspondent of the Kodaikanal Public School, the statements of five of its students were recorded in-camera by a judicial magistrate at Nilakottai court in Dindigul district on Wednesday. Relatives of the students, in the age group of 10 and 14, later alleged they had been sexually harassed by the school correspondent, ML Bright, who is now in police custody. The issue came under spotlight when a young girl, a class IX student, lodged a police complaint against Bright, alleging sexual harassment by him.
The magistrate also sent Bright to police custody for three days. The students alleged that 17 of them had been given a fee waiver and asked to pay just Rs 500 per month for their education in the institution on condition that they resided in the correspondent’s bungalow and not the hostel.
Only female students were given this ‘opportunity’ and this year when school started on June 1, seventeen of them were shifted to the bungalow on June 4.
The girl had alleged that Bright was in the habit of asking the girls to come dressed in their night clothes to watch English movies with him on television. During the hearing, the investigating officer and the court staff were present.
Bright had surrendered in the Srivillipurthur court last week. Newspapers daily bringing some Sex abuse cases by Religious Saints, Police officials Priests and educational Institution officials. Unless people to take a vow to remove them from the Society, these fraud people will come repeatedly by nook and corner.
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