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Complaints of sexual harassment against four teachers found fake

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Hoshiarpur, March 14, 2013
First Published: 19:23 IST(14/3/2013) | Last Updated: 19:25 IST(14/3/2013)

A rape complaint allegedly made by a female block resource person (BRP), directly to the state police headquarters and the education minister has tunred out to be false. The teacher has denied making any complaint. DSP (city) Digvijay Kapil, who has held an inquiry, is yet to submit his report.

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However, the district edication officer's report to her superiors has exonerated the four teachers and has said that the BRP was impersonated and the complaint was a ploy to malign the teachers.

What has worried the education authorities even more is that the 'complainant' had circulated a letter to all school heads and block education officers, purportedly written by the districte ducation officer (DEO) (secondary), directing them to not co operate with the said four 'rape' accused teachers of block Hoshiarpur-2A against whom inquiry was pending with various offices. The letter asks them to inform each and every employee of the department.

However, the DEO Sukhwinder Kaur has denied issuing any such circular.

"I cannot say who has made this mischief. The letter neither carries my signatures nor any memo number. I will lodge a complaint with the police and request them to find out the impersonator as it is a very serious matter," she stated.

As for the inquirt into the complaint, she claimed that she was asked by the circle education officer (CEO) to meet the complainant and find out the truth. However, when she met the woman teacher concerned,  she denied having posted any complaint.

"I talked to her in private and asked her to give her statement without any fear. However, she reiterated that she had nothing to with the coomplaint," the DEO added.

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