Headmaster sexually harasses woman teacher in Odisha

Headmaster sexually harasses woman teacher in Odisha

Balasore: Noose seems to be tightening around the Headmaster of a school in Baliapal area of Balasore district accused of misbehaving with a woman teacher of the school.

The complainant levelled sexual harassment allegations against the Headmaster.

The woman, working as Sanskrit teacher, alleged that the Headmaster of Jathia Upper Primary High School had been sexually harassing her for the last eight to nine months. She further alleged that Headmaster Ratikant Jena used to touch her inappropriately and took pictures of her without consent.

Shockingly, even though the matter was brought to the notice of District Education Officer (DEO) and Collector seeking help, they remained indifferent towards her pleas.

With no option left, the woman along with her husband turned up at Baliapal police station seeking justice. Speaking to media, the victim said that she would commit suicide if she does not get justice.

“He threatened me to kill my husband and dismiss me from the job if I reveal it to anyone. The Headmaster started harassing me mentally when I brought the matter before district administration,” said the teacher.

On the other hand, Jena refuted the allegation terming it as false and baseless.

Meanwhile, School and Mass Education Minister Sameer Ranjan Dash said a report was sought from the Balasore DEO in this connection and action will be taken once the report comes in this evening.