CUTTACK: A Class-IX girl of Mahaveer Bidyapitha at Mahanga in Cuttack district left the school after being molested by her Physical Education Teacher (PET) recently.
The incident came to light after her classmates met school headmaster on Thursday and urged him to inquire into the matter.
Sources said on September 1, the accused PET, Susil Sarana, had called the 14-year-old Dalit girl of Bahugram to a vacant classroom and allegedly molested her. Later, the girl told her classmates and two lady teachers about the incident. They brought it to the notice of school authorities. However, instead of making an inquiry into the allegation, headmaster Basant Kumar Sahu allowed Sarana to go on leave from September 3. The girl stopped coming to school from September 6. Meanwhile, Sarana with help of some influential people tried to suppress the matter by pressurising the family members of the girl.
Being informed, locals on Thursday rushed to the school and demanded action against the teacher. Later, Sahu informed the District Education Officer(DEO) who ordered a probe into the incident.
Cuttack DEO Niranjan Behera said a headmistress of another high school has been asked to inquire into the case and submit a report by Monday after which necessary action will be initiated.