Cuttack, Aug 9
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday issued a notice to the superintendent of police (SP) in Keonjhar district and sought an action taken report within four weeks from him on a headmaster allegedly raping a Class II tribal girl student in a government-run primary school in April this year.
The Commission issued the notice on a petition filed by lawyer and human rights activist Prabir Kumar Das
The incident occurred at the Bhanarpur primary school under Harichandanpur block in Keonjhar district. The headmaster, Gadadhar Mahanta, reportedly suspended the girl from school after the latter told her mother about the incident.
While the incident took place on April 5, the girl’s father lodged an FIR in the Harichandanpur police station on April 20 following which the headmaster was arrested a day after. “We had arrested the accused immediately the day after the incident was brought to our notice after conducting a medical examination of the victim,” Keonjhar SP Kavita Jalan said today.
Subsequently the district inspector of schools conducted an inquiry following an order from the School and Mass Education department.
In his petition, Das sought the NHRC’s intervention for a fair investigation in the case, adequate compensation to the girl’s family and measures to ensure that the victim does not quit studies. He also sought administrative action against the accused headmaster.