Coimbatore: The RS Puram all-woman police on Sunday arrested the principal of a private matriculation school from a hideout in Bengaluru in Karnataka in connection with the suicide of a Class XII girl student, who was sexually harassed by her physics teacher.
The victim’s parents, subsequently, received their daughter’s body, which was kept in the mortuary at the Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital since Thursday night, and cremated it at Athupalam crematorium after performing the last rites at their house.
The family members of the deceased had earlier taken a stand to accept her body only if police arrest the school principal, Meera Jackson. Police had on Saturday booked her under Section 21 (punishment for failure to report or record a case) of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act.
Meera was the principal of the private matriculation school at RS Puram when the teacher, Mithun Chakravarthy, sexually harassed the girl. The school management had later transferred her to another school.
After the arrest of Mithun, Meera had gone into hiding and police had on Saturday formed two special teams to nab her. “We traced her whereabouts to Bengaluru in Karnataka and arrested her in the early hours of the day. We have brought her to (RS Puram) police station and are questioning her,” an investigation officer told TOI.
City deputy commissioner of police T Jayachandran, meanwhile, told the media that they had collected a piece of paper from the girl’s house mentioning about a person’s grandfather and another person’s father, who, she said, shouldn’t be spared. “We are trying to identify them. We are working on various angles to ascertain all the factors that pushed her to take the extreme step.”
The 17-year-old girl had committed suicide by hanging at her residence on Thursday evening. The RS Puram all-woman police had arrested the teacher on Friday based on a complaint lodged by the victim’s father. Mithun was later lodged in Udumalpet sub-jail in Tirupur district under judicial custody.


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