Teacher suspended for writing love letter to 7th standard girl
NAGAPATTINAM (TN): A 24-year-old teacher was today suspended for allegedly writing a love letter to a seventh standard girl in a government school near here. [Link]
Do you think suspending the teacher is enough here? How likely is he to try something like this, or worse, with another child? Should he be allowed to work with children anytime in future?
Do Indian schools ever talk to students (or even to teachers!) about such crimes? If the ‘love-letter’ had reached this child, what are the chances that she would have seen it as a compliment, or as ‘approval’ or appreciation by someone she looked upto; or even as ‘love’?
Some comments wondered is this was ‘love’. Some others wondered if it was the 12 year old child who was infatuated and the 24 year old teacher was merely responding.
How is it that so many don’t seem to understand that a 12 year old is a child (whether or not she has attained puberty)? And that an adult is responsible for his actions?
Also, I think we are so focussed on preventing young girls and boys from interacting with each other that it is not considered necessary to create awareness about child abuse. This makes it easy for pedophiles to blame, blackmail, threaten and silence a child. Like is we say this,
“She was warned several times and was used to unethical practices like friendship with boys.”
While the vice-principal, Egidius Francis Falcao (61), was arrested after the 14-year-old Class X student lodged a police complaint against him of attempt to rape her on January 2, a former corporator and member of the Sacred Heart Parish, John Paul, said, “All we know is the character of the girl is not clean.
“Staff members spoke out against the girl with a teacher, Ritu Bhingare, saying, “She was irregular to school. She was warned several times and was used to unethical practices like friendship with boys.” [Link]
Would you trust someone who has such prejudices, with your child’s education or safety?
Do you think such statements instil confidence in a Child Sexual Abuse victim? What message do they convey to other young students, and also to pedophiles?