Many students at Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan School have posted on social media that many of the students there are sexually harassed by teachers and that the school is a reactionary school that mocks women and admires caste.
Following this, many complained to YG Mahendran the actor and his daughter Madhuvanthi, who are considered to be the owners of the school.
Who runs the school?
Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan School was started in 1958 under the leadership of Rajalakshmi Parthasarathy, also known as YGP, the mother of actor YG Mahendran. After her demise, the school was run by Sudha Rajendran (wife of YG Mahendran) and YG Rajendran (brother of YG Mahendran). YG Rajendran is one of the members of the School’s Management Committee.
It is noteworthy that YG Mahendran is one of the trustees of this school. Most of the people in charge of the school are his family members.
Continuing sexual harassment complaints…
Rajagopalan, a Commerce Teacher at the KK Nagar branch of the Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan School in Chennai, has sexually harassed students at the school. An alumnus of the school shared all the complaints she received on her Instagram page.
Students have made several complaints against him for inviting them to make video calls at night, inviting students to watch movies, talking substandardly in terms of clothes, repeatedly engaging in sexual harassment, once he seems to be half-naked with only a waistband at an online class, and sending pornographic video links to the school WhatsApp group…
“We have written to the administration about this several times, but the administration has not taken any action so far,” the students said in the social media posts.
In those social media posts, not only the KK Nagar branch but also the Nungambakkam branch of the school, the Kerukambakkam branch and their intermediate schools have been accused of numerous similar allegations.
Few students who wanted to remain anonymous said, “The school was filled with caste fanatics. The school, which can promote paranoid ideology, will torture young students by criticizing their personal lives, including their choice of clothing. ”
A student’s post about Bhavani, a teacher at the Kerukambakkam branch, is shocking.
In her post, “she spoke hateful of me when I was sick and had to take leave. She also made another student undress in the classroom in the name of punishment. ”
Regarding a Sanskrit teacher who worked at PSBB Intermediate School, she said, “He would speak very disgustingly, physically harass students, behave inappropriately to students, and come in as if he had accidentally entered a women’s dressing room. I’m sure everyone knows about this, but no one took any action because he was appointed by the YGP. ”
Many, including DMK MP Kanimozhi and singer Chinmayi, have called on the government to take immediate action. In this situation, PSBB school suspended teacher Rajagopalan. Police are investigating the complaints at KK Nagar School. Education Minister Anbil Mahesh has said that stern action will be taken if the crimes are proved.
When we contacted the school administration to talk about this, we were unable to reach them. We will update it in case of a response on behalf of the school administration
Rajagopalan has been arrested by Chennai police after allegations of sexual harassment and he has been booked under the POCSO Act and various sections of the IPC including 354(A), 509 IPC, 67, 67A of IT Act. In the police interrogation, the city police found out that he has deleted all his WhatsApp chats and pictures shared with the students. But, Rajagopalan has agreed to the allegations made against him. He confessed that he has sexually harassed students of PSBB.
Ranjan, a fourth class student, drowned in the swimming pool of Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan School in the KK Nagar branch in 2012. Following this, the police arrested Sheela Rajendran, the director of the school. However, it is noteworthy that she was released on bail on the same day.