Man presents bribe to ‘settle’ case with Hyd scholar’s household after trainer made lady strip


On September 23, a Dalit scholar at a Hyderabad college was allegedly made to strip by her class trainer, accusing her of visiting the restroom to repeat in her examination, following which her mother and father had filed a police criticism.

The household of a minor Dalit lady who was allegedly made to strip by her trainer at a Hyderabad college in September has been receiving calls from an odd man, who has been forcing them to drop the case and has even supplied them a bribe of Rs 3 lakh. The St Andrews College, the place the lady research, nonetheless, claims that the person shouldn’t be related to them. Suspecting the lady of copying in an examination, the trainer put her by means of the humiliation of a strip search allegedly within the presence of a college janitor. The household has nonetheless alleged that there have been earlier situations of caste discrimination and the trainer accusing the scholar of copying was an excuse to harass her.

When the person, Srikanth Kumar Goud, first contacted the household in late November, he posed as a policeman. He later modified it to police informer after which to ‘mediator’ on behalf of a college official. The varsity has, in the meantime, denied any affiliation with him. 

In a collection of cellphone conversations, that are with TNM, the imposter is heard haranguing the household of 15-year-old Anita (identify modified), searching for a compromise within the case, which has been filed towards the varsity and the trainer beneath stringent sections of the Indian Penal Code and Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Modification Act, 2015. In keeping with police sources, the investigations into the matter are at a sophisticated stage and so they have sufficient proof, together with CCTV footage, to quickly current a chargesheet earlier than the court docket.

Srikanth Kumar Goud first contacted the household three days after TNM first reported the incident on November 17, says Pavan Kumar, who has been serving to the household with tough interactions involving the police, college administration and the media. When Srikanth reached out, the household nominated Pavan to do the speaking. 

In a single such cellphone dialog, Srikanth says that it was higher to maneuver on because it was a matter of the scholar’s future. “She is, in any case, a superb scholar,” he added ominously. Whilst Pavan refused to just accept any compromise within the case, Srikanth allegedly continued to stress the household, and even supplied to bribe them. Pavan has additionally alleged that he was adopted for 3 days by unknown males.

TNM has accessed all name recordings and the conversations between Srikanth and Pavan because the first name on November 20. Throughout their preliminary dialog, Pavan reminded Srikanth that this isn’t a small subject and is now a legal case. In response, Srikanth may very well be heard telling Pavan, “The varsity has realised their mistake and the trainer has been transferred to a different college.” Nonetheless, once we checked with the varsity, the Vice President of the varsity denied taking such motion towards the accused trainer who’s accused of severely violating the scholar’s dignity. 

It might be recalled that on September 23, Anita had to make use of the varsity restroom a number of instances when she was taking an examination, as she was menstruating. Nonetheless, her class trainer accused her of utilizing the washroom to cheat. The scholar was left clutching onto the final items of her clothes because the trainer allegedly tried to pressure her to strip utterly. Whereas the varsity denied all allegations when Anita’s mom complained of this occasion and former situations of discrimination by the identical trainer, the police registered an FIR (first data report) towards the trainer primarily based on the mother and father’ criticism. 

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No arrest was made and the ultimate formalities earlier than the submitting of the chargesheet are at the moment underway. It’s at this stage, when the investigation is nearing completion, that Srikanth reached out to Pavan to settle the case and even stall the investigation. 

When TNM contacted Srikanth Kumar Goud on December 12 to confirm his credentials, he mentioned, “I used to be despatched by Raju Singh, who’s a board member within the college. As a result of I’m near him, he despatched me to mediate.” He additionally claimed to be the Private Assistant of Damodar Raju Narsimha, who was the Deputy Chief Minister through the Congress regime between 2011 and 2014. 

In one of many recordings in TNM’s possession, Srikanth acknowledged that the varsity administration is able to pay Rs 3 lakh to settle the case. To this, Pavan responded, “The lady’s household earns crores overseas. It isn’t about cash. Ask madam and are available again to us about clearly what they’ve on supply. What’s the college’s intention?”

Two days later, on November 22, when Srikanth didn’t hear again from Pavan, he once more obtained in contact with him and supplied to mediate. 

When TNM reached out to Jude David, the Vice President of St Andrews College, to ask whether or not Srikanth Kumar Goud was a mediator despatched by the varsity administration, he mentioned, “I’m not positive about this. I should test and revert,” he responded. 

When requested whether or not the varsity had a board member referred to as Raju Singh, he initially mentioned, “Sure,” after which rapidly retracted. “Truly, I’m not too positive,” he mentioned.

Nonetheless, David later contacted this reporter. “There is no such thing as a board member named Raju Singh,” he mentioned, including, “I can affirm to you {that a} senior committee has been set as much as inquire into the incident. And the report can be submitted inside per week.”

When enquired in regards to the motion towards the trainer, David mentioned, “As soon as the inquiry is full and the report is submitted, the additional plan of action can be determined.”

In the meantime, reacting to the makes an attempt to strike a compromise, the scholar’s aunt advised TNM that the scholar is now being ostracised in her class. “This is not about cash. The trainer ought to be dismissed, motion ought to be taken towards the varsity director for denying the incident and enjoying it down, and the varsity ought to apologise. That is what we wish,” she mentioned. 

“The varsity also needs to put a system in place to make sure such incidents don’t occur in future. The Ministry of Schooling ought to have a mechanism to carry personal establishments accountable if one thing like this occurs. No different youngster ought to undergo once more,” she mentioned. 

Whilst Srikanth claimed that the varsity is keen to dismiss the trainer and apologise, nothing has been formally communicated to Anita’s household as but. 



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