Teacher arrested for molesting 26 students in Kannur

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Kannur: Kerala police has arrested a 52-year-old teacher of an aided school in Kannur for allegedly molesting 26 students since November 2021.

The senior teacher was arrested under various provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act on January 12 based on complaints from the district Childline authorities, police said.

"A student recently narrated the abuse she faced to another teacher of the school. She immediately informed the Childline authorities who later informed us. We got the complaint on January 11," police told PTI.

The official said upon further counselling, more students raised complaints against the senior man.

Police said, "We registered five cases on January 12 and arrested him. Later, 21 cases were registered yesterday. He has been remanded to judicial custody."

The students have narrated incidents of molestation from November 2021 when the school reopened after the pandemic, police added. PTI

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