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Devbrat Patnaik

Kalahandi: At a time when the world was immersed in Ganesh Puja celebrations, a class IX girl student of Sirimaska UG High School under Thuamul Rampur block of the district was facing brutal assault by none other than her school headmaster. However, being threatened of dire consequences, she kept mum till recently when she vented her grievance to the district collector.

Acting on her complaint, the collector issued a directive following which accused Balakrushna Mohapatra was suspended.

According to sources, the girl reported the matter to the district Collector and lodged a complaint demanding stringent action against the accused. Based on the complaint, a First Information Report (FIR) was also lodged against the headmaster at the local police station.

The girl, in her complaint, revealed that headmaster Balakrushna Mohapatra raped her inside the school premises and since then he used to threaten her saying he would not allow her to appear the board examinations if she raised the issue before her family members or anyone else. Fearing problem, she kept quiet.

Biranchi Narayan Dehuri, Bhawanipatna SDPO stated, “A complaint has been lodged against Sirimaska UG High School headmaster Balakrushna Mohapatra. The girl’s statement was recorded under Section 164 CrPC and she was taken for a medical examination, the report of which is expected soon. Further investigation into the incident is on.”

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