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Sexual harassment: Headmaster in Sundargarh, Odisha sentenced to 10 years in jail, fined Rs 70 thousand – Bollywood Keeda

Sundargarh: A former school headmaster was today sentenced to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment (RI) along with a fine of Rs 70,000 by a POCSO court in a sexual harassment case in Sundargarh district.

The designated court ordered that the convicted person, identified as Shyamsundar Patel, be further imprisoned for an additional seven months if he fails to pay the fine amount.

It is pertinent to mention that the victim Class-10 student fell from the terrace of her hostel building under Lefripada police limits of the district in an attempt to escape after being sexually assaulted by her school principal on April 1, 2022. He died on the way to the hospital in critical condition.

The minor, resident of Bhalugada village, was a high school student of Patuadihi Panchayat. She was living in a hostel. In the middle of the day she fell from the roof and later died.

On receiving information, a police team led by Lefripada IIC Hemangini Guardia reached the school and started investigation. The police had detained three people, including the headmaster, an assistant teacher and the hostel warden, for questioning. The police had then registered a case in this regard.

The former headmaster was arrested by the investigation team the next day and sent to court.


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