Haryana: Principal suspended after female students accused him of molestation

According to officials, PMO, Women’s Commission, education department and district authorities are investigating matter and further action will be taken after final reports.

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In a shocking incident, a principal of a senior secondary girl school in Haryana’s Jind district was suspended after allegations of sexual harassment of students. The state government sacked the principal after the Prime Minister’s Office intervened in this case.

Haryana school principal suspended for molesting female students 

According to the officials, the PMO, Women’s Commission, the education department and district authorities are investigating the matter and further action will be taken after the final reports.

Speaking to the news agency ANI, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Harish Vashisth said, “Several teams are investigating the matter including PMO, Women's Commission, education department and district officials. The accused has been suspended. A final decision will be taken after the completion of an enquiry. Higher authorities will decide on further course of action of termination or legal proceedings in this matter. Soon a report would be submitted."

Reportedly, the accused principal got transferred several times due to molestation complaints lodged by girls in previous schools, the letter read.

Lady teacher also involved

As per the letter, a lady teacher at the school was associated with the accused. The principal used to blackmail girls on the pretext of failing them in practical exams. Moreover, the accused used to threaten girls saying that he would complain to their parents about them meeting their boyfriends outside the school, the girls alleged.

"We are writing this letter with an unknown name as the accused may harm us if he comes to know about the identity. This matter should be investigated by higher authorities in Chandigarh and Delhi. Girls of this school should be alone during the investigation and no local teacher or staff member should be included in the process,” it added.

“Girls will narrate the true face and story of this characterless principal. We have faced a similar situation in his office two times and he threatened to lodge a false complaint to parents if didn't compromise. When we narrated the story to other teachers, they asked to keep mum on the issue. Now a strict and fair action should be taken into the matter promptly," the letter read.