ASHRAMSHALA CHIEF HELD FOR MOLESTING 2 ADIVASI GIRLS IN TALASARI,WOULD SHOW PORN CLIPS,PARENTS THRASH HIM

Mumbai:The Superintendent of a government girls' hostel (ashramshala) in Talasari was arrested for allegedly molesting girl students of Std X. The physical torture started in December 2017, and the issue came to light only on Friday when the victims could no longer bear the torture. They informed their parents who alongwith other parents reached the ashramshala and gave the official a sound thrashing and then informed the Talasari police who have arrested the accused.

  Suryakant Bagal (pictured) is the Superintendent of the hostel in Dhamangaon, Talasari who has  been arrested. According to the victim, a Std X student, Bagal would call her to his office, in the guise to receive a phone call from her parents, and the victim would go to his office in the night between 2100 to 2200  hours, when the other girls and boys were asleep. But Bagal would lock his office from the inside once the victim was inside and then order her to undress and he himself would be in the buff and then would show porn clips on his mobile, and talk in an obscene language bordering with her, said Sachin Pandkar, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) Dahanu. 

  He would threaten the victim to keep quiet or else face dire consequences, like failure in the internal Board exams (of 20 marks) and the victim would keep quiet out of fear of failure and bore the torture, said Pandkar. The issue came to light when one of the victim wrote an anonymous letter to her cousin brother who then informed her parent and alongwith other parents they stormed the ashramshala and thrashed Bagal,said Pandkar.

  We reached the ashramshala and freed the accused from the clutches of the angry parents and have arrested him under Section 354 (molestation) of the IPC and also under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSOA) 2012 and also under the Tribal Atrocity Act, and when produced before the Palghar court he has been remanded to police custody till 5 March, said Pandkar. We have also seized the mobile phone which contained the porn clips,he said.

  There are 12 tribal boarders  who are studying in Std X in the ashramshala and Bagal would target them,said Pandkar, and so far, we have received that two girls were his victims, and are investigating further,said Pandkar  cand we expect more victims would lodge complaint against Bagal.

 There is no woman superintendent at the ashramshala as the post is vacant and Bagal is in charge, and the ashramshala is run under the Integrated Tribal Development Project (ITDP) Dahanu.