By Hansi Nanayakkara
The Police Child and Women’s Bureau (PCWB), yesterday (29), informed Colombo Additional Magistrate Lochani Abeywickrema that the suspect female teacher who has been charged with the sexual abuse of a 16-year-old student, over a four-year period, had intentionally avoided the Police on a few occasions, in connection with inquiries being conducted by them concerning the incident.
The PCWB made this submission to Court, after being noticed to do so, in connection with an anticipatory bail application filed by the suspect female ICT teacher, of a leading school in Colombo, which was taken up for hearing yesterday.
President’s Counsel Ajith Pathirana appeared for the petitioner, while senior Police officers from the PCWB represented the prosecution.
Counsel Pathirana told Magistrate Abeywickrema, that though his client was ready to provide a statement to the Police in connection with the incident, due to unwanted publicity given to the incident, via the mainstream and social media platforms, her health was affected.
He further told Court that his client is a graduate and that she had never had sexual relations with the student and insisted that when the student had attempted to start an affair with her, his client had been forced to skip school to avoid him and nip the relationship in the bud.
Counsel Pathirana added that due to the unwarranted exposure, given to the incident by certain social media platforms both in Sri Lanka and abroad, his client was currently going through a hard period.
The PCWB stated that the suspect teacher had begun an affair with the student, when the latter was aged 16 and observed that subsequently the student had released nude photos of the suspect teacher, to the Internet.
They added that following a complaint lodged by the teacher, they had launched an inquiry into the incident. The PCWB further informed Court, that the suspect had maintained relations with the student at a hotel and had deposited a sum of Rs 50,000, to the bank account of the student.
They noted that details had also come to light, regarding several photos taken at the school laboratory and at various locations, clad in the official school uniform.
Hence the officers from the PCWB told Court, that the incident had caused ripples in the social media circuit and explained that if the suspect is enlarged on bail, it could lead to public riots and urged Court to refuse bail. Further proceedings of the case were then fixed for 3 April.