Abhilash Botekar-NASHIK: The Vani police station in Nashik district has booked two superintendents of the Vani Government Girls Hostel under sections of the Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989. The male superintendent has been booked under provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Act, 2012.
According to the Vani Police, a First Information Report (FIR) has been filed against superintendents Anjali Tamboli and Sameer Salvi on the basis of complaint registered by a minor studying in the Ashramshala, also a resident of the hostel.
The girl, in her written complaint, has accused Salvi of entering her room though he was not supposed to, calling her in the office and touching her, which invoked the provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Act, 2012, the police said. Section 8 – punishment for sexual assault under POCSO Act – has been clamped in this case.
The girl, along with other students of the school, claimed that Salvi, along with Tamboli, taunted them on their status as tribals and asked girls in the hostel to carry out ‘personal work’ like massaging, sweeping, washing clothes; work that had nothing to do with them as students.
The students were also given inedible food or even kept hungry at times.
The tribal commissionerate suspended Anjali Tamboli for meting out injustice to students on Saturday.
The police said that they have also booked Salvi under section 354(A) of the Indian Penal Code, which deals with ‘assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty’.
The act of verbally taunting members of a Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe and asking them to undertake work that they should not be doing attracts provisions of The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
Hence sections 3(1)(1) (forcing a member to drink or eat any inedible or obnoxious substance, 6 (compelling a member to do forced or bonded labour) and 10 (intentionally insulting or intimidating with intent to humiliate a member) have been clamped.