In this editorial segment, Mr. Sujit Nair discusses the disturbing case of a school principal in Haryana who has been accused of sexually assaulting 142 girls. The deputy commissioner of Jind district, Mohammad Imran Raza, revealed that the number of victims in this heinous crime has risen from the initially reported 60. The accused principal, Kartar Singh, a 56-year-old man, was arrested after at least 142 girl students testified against him. A committee, led by a sub-divisional magistrate, conducted a preliminary inquiry and found Singh prima facie guilty based on the statements of 390 girl students from classes 9th to 12th. The Jind district police registered a case against Kartar Singh on October 30 under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act and the Indian Penal Code. He was suspended by the state government following the charges. The committee recommended disciplinary action against Singh, in addition to the ongoing criminal proceedings. The district deputy commissioner stated that a regular inquiry would be initiated against the accused principal, conducted by the additional deputy commissioner, Harish Vashisht, after a charge sheet is submitted. Kartar Singh is currently in judicial remand at Jind jail after being arrested on November 4. The police have added further sections to the FIR, including wrongful restraint, confinement, criminal intimidation, and punishment for aggravated sexual assault. The disturbing details of the alleged crime came to light on August 31 when students wrote a letter seeking action against the principal. The Haryana secondary education department suspended the principal on October 27. Unfortunately, one girl died by suicide, and two others died for different reasons, all of whom were enrolled at the same school. The station house officer, Balwan Singh, mentioned involving the parents in the investigations against the accused principal and looking into whether the deceased girls were among those who reported sexual harassment to the President and the Prime Minister’s office.
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