Is India evolving out of patriarchy or delving deep into it? Schools are no more temples of learning and instead have turned into centres of satiating sexual desires. The most beautiful and pious relationship of student-teacher has been spoilt, and the reasons which come forward for the same are ridiculous.
In the past few years, many cases pertaining to sexual abuse in school and higher education institutions have been in the limelight. Cases range from eve-teasing, stalking and sending vulgar messages to sexual intercourse. Schools which were once established with the aim of inculcating moral value among students are themselves victimised by deteriorating social system. All these have amounted to a lot of 'social pollution' in the academic environment.
Here are some instances indicating the incidences of sexual assaults in schools and universities.
A four-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by the physical training school teachers on campus. Moreover, the principal of the school denied the chances of misconduct and hence was booked under POSCO (Protection of a child from sexual offences) act after the interference of West Bengal commission for protection of child rights (WBCPCR).
If you remember, this issue jolted students and parents all over India. An eight-year-old boy, Pradyuman Thakur, was sexually abused and found injured in school's washroom. Later, the driver of the school bus was accused of the crime.
A school teacher was booked for molesting a seven-year-old. If The Hindu's report is to be believed, Mr Bernard was the music teacher in the school and abused the child sexually in an isolated place in school. Also, he threatened the child not to reveal the incident in front of anyone.
The principal and a teacher of Prabha Devi School for the deaf were accused of molesting a hearing-impaired student. The victim claimed that the principal used to summon her in the cabin on the pretext of giving chocolates and used to misbehave with her. The principal was booked under POSCO act.
A horrible case of child sexual abuse came into light in this school situated in Noida when 11 years old complained that he had been assaulted in the school premises by the head of school's media cell for over four years. The accused did everything to control the boy's emotion.
The school kids are not always assaulted and harassed by school members. The students are even molested by other students as well which is even more gruesome. This school witnessed the same case on December 3, 2017. TOI report states that a 7-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by a student of 5th standard who tried to insert a wooden stick in her private parts.
According to NDTV report, the school principal was arrested for raping a six-year-old girl in school's washroom. The most shocking verdict of the incident was principal's statement. He said that he did not commit any crime, what he did was merely due to tension and termed it accidental. Are kids a means to relieve tension?
Three and a half-year-old child was molested by a school helper named Manjunath who had been working in the playschool for the last 8 years. Moreover, in the same school in 2014, two gym instructors were accused of harassing a six-year-old girl.
As per the reports, an assistant professor from the department of comparative literature was accused of sexually assaulting a student at a party in February 2016. He was blamed for making sexually colourful remarks in the classroom. However, the victimized girl left the college after completing her postgraduate course. Other students complained that they felt uncomfortable with the teacher, and hence he must be removed.
According to Mumbai Mirror report, Economics professor was accused of sexual misbehaviour by a number of women students. The student complained that the professor discussed sexuality and spoke of the need of Indians to liberate their sexual desires. He even asked her if she has read 'Fifty Shades of Grey'.