Himansu Shekhar Rout

A serious allegation that students staying at a boys’ hostel were sexually exploited by the father of a mission school at Kutra in Sundargarh district came to the fore on Monday after a police complaint.

Locals alleged that their wards were being sexually exploited in the hostel by the father of the school. On being informed, the district child protection officer lodged a police complaint in this regard.

As per sources, police registered a case and started an investigation into the allegations. Police got as many as eight students medically examined. Police said the accused will be arrested soon.

District child protection officer, Sribant Jena said, “The father concerned has sexually assaulted a group of seven to eight students. I have recorded the statements of the victims. Besides, the decision taken by the school management committee and the complaints of the villagers have been attached in the report. The villagers had first complained about it before the district education officer. The district child protection unit and the district child welfare committee have looked into the matter. A police complaint was lodged in this regard.”   

Rajgangpur SDPO Abhisekh Panigrahi said, “It is a sensitive case. The case has been registered and an investigation is underway. The accused will be arrested soon.”

Report by Biswaketan