COIMBATORE: A government school headmistress afflicted with cancer has alleged that she was being sexually harassed by the president of the Tamil Nadu Teacher’s Federation, also her former colleague.
The victim, a panchayat school headmistress, has lodged a complaint with the District Elementary Education Officer stating that she was being sexually harassed by Ayyasamy, a teacher, who had earlier worked with her in another school. Ayyasamy joined the Thasanaickenpalayam PU Middle School as Secondary Grade Assistant while the complainant was working as a senior teaching staff in the same school. The accused had reportedly made multiple sexual advances towards the victim right from the date of joining.
A departmental investigation was held based on the allegations that around 23 students left the school citing Ayyasamy’s misbehaviour with other staff. Even when the investigation was under way, the victim received a death threat from Ayyasamy. After this incident he started to torment the women outside the school and had also allegedly verbally abused her in public.
The victim alleged that after becoming the president of the Tamil Nadu Teacher’s Federation, Ayyasamy delayed the sanction of PF loan amount (claimed on health basis) provided by the Teacher’s Grievance Cell for a period of six months.
Last month too, Ayyasamy along with a few other federation members harassed me, the HM alleged and said that there was no proper response when I complained to the Assistant Elementary Education Officer in Kinathukadavu. Subsequently, the teacher approached the DEEO on December 17 to take appropriate action against Ayyasamy currently working in Jakkarpalayam Panchayat Union School.
DEEO P Gandimathi initially denied receiving any such complaint. But, when Express showed a copy of the complaint, she said that a formal inquiry would be conducted.