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Teacher arrested for allegedly molesting a 17 year old

Well-known artist and art teacher from a city school Kanhaiya Naik, 45, was on Thursday arrested by Panaji police for allegedly molesting a 17-year-old girl.

According to police on December 29, 2011, Naik picked up the girl, a student, from her residence stating he would give her career guidance and took her to his flat at Ribandar. Police sources said Naik clicked photographs of the girl and also molested her. The incident came to light on December 31, 2011, when the girl’s mother saw some marks on her neck. Sources said when her mother questioned the girl, she revealed that Naik had molested her.

Sources said that on Wednesday, the girl’s parents and relatives went to the police station to file a complaint, but backtracked. Based on a complaint filed by the NGO, Children Right’s of Goa, police on Thursday registered the case. “The case is registered under Sections 341 (wrongful confinement), 354 (outraging modesty) of the IPC and Section 8(2) of Goa Children’s Act (sexual assault),” police sources said.

Naik, originally from Marcel and teaching at Progress High School, has been admitted to a private hospital in Panaji after he complained of uneasiness. The girl was also sent for a medical examination at Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim. Naik’s counsel Swapnil Nasnodkar said they would apply for bail.

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