Vice-principal, teacher held for raping 14-year-old

SURAT: A vice-principal and teacher in Silvassa were arrested for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl of their school. The minor recently went a relative’s place in Mumbai where she revealed her ordeal. The issue was first reported ot the Child Line in Mumbai and an offence was registered there. The complaint was transferred to Silvassa police station on Monday and a fresh FIR was lodged.

Police arrested Michael Claudio Nunes

 (57), vice-principal of the school and Lester Joaquin D’costa (23), the teacher. The minor was allegedly raped for the first time in April and police are investigating she was repeatedly sexually assaulted.

Police seized the mobile phones of both the accused and sent them to the Forensic Science Laboratory FSL) for examination. The survivor’s statement has been recorded under section 164 of Criminal Procedure Code in the presence of the magistrate.

The accused had threatened to kill the girl’s family members if she disclosed the details of the crime. Hence, she did not inform anyone here but narrated the ordeal to a relative in Mumbai,” said an officer of Silvassa police station.

(The victim’s identity has not been revealed to protect her privacy as per Supreme Court

 directives on cases related to sexual assault)

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