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Posted at: May 17, 2018, 12:07 AM; last updated: May 17, 2018, 12:07 AM (IST)SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Village panel to probe teacher’s role

Committee

  • The panchayat members have decided that the committee would conduct an inquiry into the case and would then present the facts to Deputy Commissioner Diprava Lakra to demand justice.

Nikhila Pant Dhawan

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, May 16

Irked over the ‘inaction’ of the District Education Department over sexual harassment charges levelled against a teacher by female students of the school, members of the panchayat of Bhaini Mehraj village have constituted a five-member committee.

The panchayat members have decided that the committee would conduct an inquiry into the case and would then present the facts to Deputy Commissioner Diprava Lakra to demand justice.

Sarpanch Ranjit Singh said during an inquiry conducted by District Education Officer (Secondary) Maninder Kaur, as many as 70 students of Government Senior Secondary School located in the village had levelled charges of sexual harassment against drawing teacher Ramesh Kumar.

“It is surprising to see that the department is not serious about taking action against the accused. We demand that the entire staff of the school be changed as the mood is quite tensed and not congenial for education. In case the staff of the school are not changed, we will have to stop our daughters from going to the school and get them admitted to some other institution,” he said.

The panchayat members added that the seriousness of the department in the case can be gauged from the fact that this is the second time such allegations were levelled against the same teacher.

Earlier too, a female student of the government school in Gurusar Mehraj had complained against Ramesh Kumar.

At that time, the teacher had begged for forgiveness and given a written apology to a committee, including village panchayat members of Gurusar Mehraj, Kothe Mahasingh, Jawahar Nagar and Kothe Pipli block samiti members, in the presence of the then Rampura (City) SHO Manjit Singh, the panchayat members stated.

Meanwhile, the DEO maintained that the department had prepared a case file and sent it to the DPI, Schools, for further action.

Dismissal from service or registering a police case against the accused teacher could be done by the higher authorities only, the DEO stated.

DPI, Schools, Paramjit Singh, claimed that no report pertaining to the inquiry into the sexual harassment case had reached his office.

“We haven’t received any case file or information from the DEO, Bathinda. It is a serious matter and the department will look into it at the earliest,” he said.

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