Teacher at Dehradun institute accused of abusing blind students

A teacher at the National Institute for the Visually Handicapped (NIVH) in Dehradun has been accused of sexually assaulting his male students for nearly 10 years.

An enquiry conducted by the Uttarakhand Child Rights Commission (UCRC) has found that the visually impaired teacher, who was working in the music department of NIVH, was abusing the male students.

The enquiry was done after the father of one of the students made a complaint to the UCRC alleging that his son was abused by the teacher. The student has also submitted his complaint to the NIVH.

In the complaint the student has said that he was abused by his music teacher while returning from Jaipur by train. He was assaulted a second time when he was called for practising music.

The UCRC has found the student’s allegations to be true. It also found that the teacher was involved in similar incidents with many other students for nearly 10 years.

A notice has been sent to he NIVH mentioning these incidents. It has recommended strict action against the teacher, including booking him under the tough provisions of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

There had been similar complaints against the teacher in 2006 and 2007, but no action was taken. Many parents chose to remove their children from the institute rather than fight for justice.

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