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Teacher behind bars for torturing wife


OST Bureau
Jajpur, Sep 22
A school teacher in Jajpur district was arrested on Sunday on charges of beating and torturing his wife.

Tapan Kumar Pradhan (35) of Krushnanagar High School at Gamu under Barchana police limits, was absconding since August 20, Inspector In-Charge (IIC) of Barchana police station Ranjit Kumar Sahu said.

Based on a complaint filed by his wife Itishree Pradhan, police arrested the teacher and forwarded him to the court which remanded him in judicial custody after rejecting his bail plea, he said.

Itishree had alleged that her husband was torturing her and their six-year-old daughter for the last two years. She had filed a complaint against him before the District Education Officer (DEO) on August 20 in this connection.

Iin her complaint, Itishree had alleged that while she was going to her parental home along with her brother on a motorbike, Tapan intercepted the bike at Chandikhole bazaar, dragged her out and thrashed her in full public view. He did not spare her brother either, police said quoting from the complaint.

Police said the couple married seven years ago and have a six-year-old daughter. Five years after marriage, the accused teacher allegedly developed n illicit relationship with another woman employee of his earlier school in Kalinga Nagar and started torturing his wife when she protested.

“The couple is not on good terms with each other for the past two years after Tapan developed the relationship with another woman and Itishree was staying in her parent’s house,” Sahu said.

“Though the FIR was lodged on August 20, Tapan went missing soon after,” Sahu said adding the arrest was made after a sustained effort.