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|Case posted by||Ambedkar Lohia Vichar Manch|
|Type of atrocity||Intentionally touches a woman when such act of touching is of a sexual nature and is without the recipientís consent|
|Whether the case is being followed in the court or not?||No|
|Fact finding date||Not recorded|
|Case incident date||01-Sep-2015|
|Place||Village: Not recorded
District: Cuttack District(DP)
Jitarani Behera, aged about 25 years is a student continuing B.Ed. course under an institution at Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh. She passed B.A. from B.S. College, Chandikhol in 2012. In 2015 she consulted Sri Dusmanta Nayak, a clerical staff of B.S. College and was motivated to join B.Ed. Debendra Mishra, Lecturer in the College took Rs.40000/- Cash in July 2015 and later Rs.40000/- was deposited in an Axis Bank Account by the victim in two instalments. After that Debendra Mishra demanded Rs. 50000/- more at the time of “Form Fill up” for examination. The victim requested to reduce the course fees and to give her some concession. The accused told her to go to the institution at Srikakulam and meet the authorities for relaxation in fees. He informed that there is hostel facility for such student where she would stay.
On 21/11/2015 Debendra Mishra and the victim proceeded to Srikakulam. There was no hostel facility. She was kept in a lodge and the accused went away. At about 10PM he came back and said no other accommodation was available for him. Although the victim did not agree, he stayed in the same room with the victim that night. During that night the accused sexually assaulted the victim and tried to rape her. The victim protested strongly and ran out of the room and spent the rest of the night in the waiting hall. She was carrying Rs. 20000/- with her for the fees which was taken by the accused. Next day she came back Odisha, but did not lodge any Police Complaint out of fear.
The protest by the victim frightened the accused slightly but soon he became more aggressive as the victim did not make any Police complaint then. He made sexual approaches at various times which the victim ignored. He also telephoned and threatened to go to Cuttack and stay with him at night, also to pay him another Rs. 30000/- otherwise, he would see that she failed in B. Ed. Examination or her certificate would not be returned.
On 13.1.2017 at about 7:45PM the accused called the victim over phone to come to Kundala Chhak (A small market place near the victim’s village) to take back the certificates. When she reached the chhak the accused told her to come with him to Cuttack for the certificates. She denied going to Cuttack which is nearly 55Kms away. The accused tried to drag her into the vehicle. As she continued to protest, she was slapped and pushed out to the vehicle and she fell down. By them other people present in the chhak rushed to the spot, caught hold of the accused and handed over to the Police.
The victim lodged a written complaint to Badachana Police Station which was registered as F.I.R. No. 156 date 14.10.2016. The accused was arrested. He was granted bail by Odisha High Court on 2.12 2016.
At present the victim complains that there is no progress in the case. Her B.Ed and other certificates have not been recovered and relief amount under the SC & ST PoA Act has not been paid to her. With this back ground, it was decided to undertake a detailed fact finding of the matter.