CHENNAI: Charging sexual harassment by the Head Master of a Government High School, as many as seven women teachers have knocked the doors of Madras High Court for justice.
The petitioners, all BT Assistants of the school in Kolathur have submitted that they were sexually harassed by the Headmaster MK Beemkumar for several months, and sought a direction to authorities concerned to take appropriate legal action against him under the provisions of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Work Place (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act.
Justice MM Sundaresh, before whom the writ petition from A Shanthi (46) and six other teachers of the co-education school, came up for hearing on Monday, directed the Government Pleader to get instructions from the Director of School Education as to what action has been taken on the teachers’ complaint dated October 24 last. The matter will come up on December 22. Petitioners submitted that they have sent complaints to the higher ups on various occasion.
However, the Chief Educational Officer in Kanchipuram, who refused to receive the complaint, told the complainants that she would speak to the HM. The District Education Officer demanded evidence for harassment and hence, the present writ petition, they said.