Malkangiri, Nov 1:
Close on the heels of a sub-inspector of schools sexually harassing a lady teacher and then allegedly setting her afire in Tikiri leading to her death in a Visakhapatnam hospital earlier today, another shameful incident of a President’s award winning headmaster of a school in Malkangiri district being suspended on the charge of molesting a minor girl student of his school has come to light.
Malkangiri sub collector Nruparaj Sahu told newsmen that Pramod Kumar Swain, headmaster of the English-medium school at BB Guda under Malkangiri police limits, has been suspended after an inquiry into the complaint of sexual abuse lodged by the minor girl’s parents.
Sahu said the district inspector (DI)of schools suspended Swain on Thursday after conducting an inquiry. Swain was awarded the President’s Medal a few years ago for being an outstanding teacher.
He had called the standard IV student to his room and allegedly molested her, Sahu added.
The headmaster had allegedly offered money to the girl’s parents to keep mum after the girl reported the matter to her parents.
Sub collector Sahu said the minor girl’s parents took up the matter with him instead of reporting it to the police.
He said he had conducted an inquiry and spoke to the students, teachers, parents and villagers while Swain was absent from the school for the last two days.