Woman attempts suicide, accuses Panna collector of sexual exploitation

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Feb 28, 2015 21:35 IST

A woman principal attempted suicide by consuming poisonous substance in Panna, 413 km east of Bhopal, on Saturday. She accused district collector RK Mishra of sexually exploiting her.

The 41-year-old woman, who is principal of Central School, consumed phenyl. As her condition deteriorated, she was rushed to a hospital. The woman is undergoing treatment.

She said the collector was also the chairman of the school. He called her at his bungalow and raped her. "He sexually exploited me and also threatened me," she told the media. Her statement has been recorded though the collector is yet to be booked.

Inspector general of police (IG), Sagar zone, Pankaj Srivastava, said the woman attempted suicide and claimed that she was has sexually exploited by the collector. "We are looking into the case and will conduct investigation," he said.

When HT contacted RK Mishra, he denied the allegations and said, "It was a misunderstanding and has been cleared. She has withdrawn her statement," he claimed. Mishra also said that he hadn't got any order about his removal.

On Saturday evening, the MP government ordered transfer of the collector. His new posting is yet to be decided. Chief secretary Anthony DeSa confirmed the transfer and said that the decision has been taken to facilitate a fair probe.

"The inquiry would be conducted by a high-level team headed by a lady officer of additional chief secretary rank," he said.

Meanwhile, the Congress has termed the incident as extremely serious and has demanded Mishra's arrest. In an official statement, the party said that while the victim's statement was recorded by the police, the collector hasn't been booked.

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