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Molestation charges: Sangrur meritorious school principal booked, on the run

On November 8, two Class-12 students had alleged that the principal called them at his residence on November 1 and tried to molest them.

punjab Updated: Nov 19, 2017 09:05 IST
Avtar Singh
Avtar Singh
Hindustan Times, Sangrur
Molestation,Punjab crimes,Sangrur

Principal of a meritorious school in the district was on Saturday booked for sexual harassment of two Dalit girl students, a day after an administrative panel indicted him in the case.

Principal Choudhary Deepak Dogra of the school at Ghabdan was also removed from his post.

“Acting on the directions of deputy commissioner (DC), police have registered case against the school principal under Section 354-A of the IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012 (POSCO),” said senior superintendent of police (SSP) Mandeep Singh Sidhu.

Police said raids are being conducted to arrest the accused who is on the run. “We raided his residence but found him missing. He will be nabbed soon,” said sadar police station SHO Davinder Singh.

On November 8, two Class-12 (non-medical) students had alleged that principal Dogra called them at his residence on November 1 evening and tried to molest them.

On November 9, DC Amar Partap Singh Virk formed a panel, headed by additional deputy commissioner (ADC) Upkar Singh, to look into the case.

The panel gave its report on Friday, indicting the principal for sexual harassment of the two girls.

The report said, “Principal Dogra called the girls at his residence when he was alone. When they reached at his place, he led them to his bedroom. Undoubtedly, he behaved immorally and sexually harassed the girls. Then principal crossed all boundaries of morality, rules and regulations, which being a head of an institution, is not expected from him.”

“I had written to the state government and the project director of residential schools, recommending legal action against the principal,” said ADC Virk.

Divesting Dogra of the charge of principal, project director, residential schools, Col KAS Bhullar (retd) asked vice-principal Deepika Rani to hold the charge till further orders.

“We are taking legal opinion from experts in the case. Further action will be taken within 2-3 days,” Bhullar told HT.

Meanwhile, student unions demanded immediate arrest of the principal. “We have been demanding an FIR against him from day one. Now that the case has been registered, he must be arrested,” said Raspinder Jimmy, president, Punjab Radical Students Union.

First Published: Nov 19, 2017 08:58 IST