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Bhubaneswar: Just as the pain of Nirbhaya, Bilkis Bano and more recently Rohtak gangarape cases raise question marks on girls’ safety; this incident of harassment of an engineering student on campus in the city will certainly shake one’s conscience. The girl in her complaint filed in Chandrasekharpur Police Station, alleged that she has been harassed and tortured by a boy of the same institute and threatened of an acid attack in case she registers a complaint with college authorities or police.
According to the complainant, a student of the same institute had developed a one-sided affair with her and was forcing her to accept him. After repeated rejections, the girl said, she was allegedly beaten up by the boy time and again. Though she wanted to complain, she could only muster courage to speak it out to her parents. ‘’It was only after another girlfriend of the boy, asking me to bow down to the demands of the boy, beat me up in full public glare on campus yesterday that my family members reached here and took me to the principal. Even though I told the principal about the incident, no steps were taken,’’ the complainant said.
After the girls’ family reached the campus today that the boy apologized to her. ‘’The boy has been harassing my sister since the past one month. We tried to pacify the boy even through talking to her family but it seems, he never wanted to mend his ways,’’ said the brother of the complainant.
Principal of the College, Brajendra Narayan Routray who was was apprised of the matter yesterday said, ‘’ Only when she files a written complaint, we will form a committee to inquire into the matter and take action accordingly.”
Later in the evening, the Chandrasekharpur Police arrested the accused boy based on the complaint filed by the girl.