Vol. 5 Num 327 Fri. April 29, 2005  
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Teacher's 'Advances'
Students block road for sit-in, demand max punishment

Heated demonstrations rocked the Sher-e-Bangla Girls' School and College in Old Dhaka for the second consecutive day yesterday, as hundreds of students and their guardians demanded capital punishment for the teacher who allegedly made advances to a class five student.

The protestors staged a four hour sit-in on Hat Khola Road in front of the college from 11:00am, creating severe traffic gridlock, and called for the removal of the Principal and the Vice Principal for failing to take action against the teacher despite being informed of the matter.

Science teacher Ruhul Amin allegedly molested the schoolgirl when she went to a room to find her lost exercise book seven days ago, police said, quoting the first information report.

Although the school was closed yesterday, students and guardians started assembling there from 10:00am, chanting slogans and holding placards inscribed 'arrest and hang Ruhul Amin'.

In a show of anger over the incident, agitated students kicked the gates of the school before taking to the streets and staging the sit-in, witnesses said.

A representative of the students and guardians later submitted a memorandum with a five-point charter of demands to the Deputy Commissioner (East) of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police and the Dhaka City Corporation commissioners of ward No 74 and 75.

The demands include the arrest and punishment of Ruhul Amin, the removal of principal Hosne Ara Shahid and vice principal Nadera Begum and two other teachers, including the daughter of the principal, nationalisation of the college and a managing committee by the guardians.