Darjeeling: Woman gets school teacher arrested 23 years after she was molested by him | #teacher | #children | #kids


The accused has now been sent to judicial custody.&nbsp | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspiStock Images

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  • Police said it took over a year to substantiate the accusation and find new witnesses and fresh victims. 
  • The 46-year-old Jitesh Ojha was arrested from his rented accommodation in Siliguri on October 5.

Darjeeling: 23 years after she was molested by her school teacher, a 37-year-old woman, who is now based in Hong Kong, has got the accused arrested in Darjeeling district of West Bengal. 

The victim was just 14 when she was molested by her school teacher identified as Jitesh Ojha. The accused has taught in over 20 schools in the last two decades. 

According to a report in Times of India, Ojha had sexually preyed on multiple students in different schools.  The victim had filed a complaint with Sadar police station in Darjeeling in September last year over email. In her complaint, the woman claimed that Ojha had molested her on multiple occasions for over a month while he gave her tuition at her home.

The 46-year-old Jitesh Ojha was arrested from his rented accommodation in Siliguri on October 5. He has now been sent to judicial custody.

According to police, they took over a year to substantiate the accusation and find new witnesses and fresh victims. 

“We had no reason to disbelieve the woman. When we received the complaint in September 2019, we started a probe and found out that the man had an impressive academic record and was well respected in the teacher community. We sought more details from the victim where she talked about the kind of sexual harassment she was subjected to when she was a minor. We also talked to other students and discovered more victims who were subjected to the same sexual abuse. Finally, we managed to gather enough evidence against the accused and arrest the man,” the report quoted Darjeeling DSP  Rahul Pandey.  

After two days in police custody, the accused was sent to judicial custody till October 23. Ojha has been booked under Section 354 (outraging modesty of women), 506 (criminal intimidation), and 509 (word, gesture intended to insult the modesty of women) of Indian Penal Code (IPC). 


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