“Nine Minor girls of class III, IV and V, were sexually harassed by a M.I.L. Teacher of Vikas Jyoti Primary School, Mundapada, Bargarh\\\\\\\" (Code: OD-BRH-02, Date: 14-Feb-2015 )

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Case primary details

Case posted by OROSA
Case code OD-BRH-02
Case year 14-Feb-2015
Type of atrocity Discrimination or harassment or insult or denying or limiting access to opportunities in any educational institutions, hospital, dispensary and Primary Health centre
Whether the case is being followed in the court or not? No

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Fact finding date Not recorded

Case Incident

Case Incident details

Case incident date 14-Feb-2015
Place Village: Not recorded
Taluka:Not recorded
District: Bargarh District(DP)
State: Odisha
Police station Town
Complaint date 16-Feb-2015
FIR date 16-Feb-2015

Case brief

Case summary

The Vikas Jyoti Primary School is a Catholic church supported Missionary school, situated in Mundapada of Bargarh district. The school was established in the year 1995. It was a Primary Odiya medium school. Ms. Bimala Xaxa is the Head Mistress of the School Since 2002. The children from the nearby slums and colonies are studying in the School. The school comprises of 5 teachers including Head Mistress. Mr. Budhadeba Tripathy was the MIL teacher of the school. He used to sexually harass the eight girls and one boy from the school. After the class he used to call the students touched their private parts. When the children resisted, he used to threaten them by saying, he will rusticate them from the school or they will not get their school leaving certificate after passing out from the school.

On 14th February 2015, Megha Gurla a student of the School shared the incidents with her mother. She also shared how he was threatening them.  After listening to her, Megha’s mother went to other student’s house and asked about the matter and all the 7 girls said the same thing that had happened to them. The parents of all these students went to Fr. Peter Decuna for complaining against Mr. Budhadeba Tripathy. After listening the whole matter Fr. Peter Decuna decided to suspend the teacher. The parents were happy with Father’s decision. On 16/2/2015 the parents of 9 students went to the Bargarh police station and lodged a FIR against the teacher. The police did the investigation. The police framed the charge sheet, arrested the teacher and forwarded to judicial custody.

Presently the accused is in the jail and his family members are waiting for the first trial. Now the girls are going to school and continuing their studies.

The parents were gone to Bargarh Police Station to collect FIR copy from the Investigation Officer, he was telling that they kept it in some file and not able to find out. Once we will found out we call you. 

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