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Studentís rape: Principal suspended, staff transferred
Tribune News Service

Ambala, February 20
Haryana Education Minister Phool Chand Mullana today ordered the suspension of the District Education Officer, here, Mr M.R. Sharma and he said that the entire school staff would be transferred, where a teacher had raped a Class VIII student in Chudiala village on Saturday.

Mr Mullana went to Chudiala village and met the family members of the rape victim. Mr Mullana said that the guilty persons would not be spared. He said that besides the DEO, the school headmaster had also been suspended.

The accused teacher Rajesh was placed under suspension yesterday.

He said that strict action would be initiated in this case. Mr Mullana said that a sum of Rs 10,000 had been given to the family on behalf of the district administration. Kesari gram panchayat and Wazidpur gram panchayat have also decided to extend financial help to the family members of the rape victim.

On a demand by the residents of Chudiala village, Mr Mullana said that the school staff would be transferred and the incident would be probed. He directed the officials concerned to immediately prepare a case for the transfer of all staff members of the school. He said that experts would counsel the rape victim.

Mr Mullana said that the victim would take her examinations under police security. Although, she had lost her roll number slip due to the incident, she would be allowed to take the examination.

A police official said that a third person had also been held in this incident. He said that the schoolteacher Rajesh and Niranjan had already been arrested. They were sent to 14-day judicial remand by a city court today.

The residents of Chudiala village are in a state of shock over the incident. The father of the rape victim demanded that death sentence should be given to the rapists. He said that the life of his daughter had been destroyed.

The villagers said that it was an unfortunate incident.

The Deputy Commissioner, Ambala, Mr J.P. Kaushik, who visited Chudiala village, said that strict action would be taken against the guilty persons. Mr Kaushik said that in future, safety aspect would be considered for the routes from a village to the examination centre. He directed flying squad officials to have a look at the routes on which children traverse from their village to the examination centres. He said that if there were any lonely stretches of road, then security would be considered.

Mr Kaushik said that a meeting of the principals of different schools would be held soon and the principals would be directed to report to the district administration about any teacher who was indulging in anti-social activities. He said that it was the duty of the nambardars, patwaris and gram secretaries to immediately report any such incident in their area and if they fail in their duty, action would be taken against them.

Different organisations including the Haryana Rajkiya Adhyapak Sangh, the Haryana Karamchari Mahasangh, the Haryana Shiksha Vibhag Lipik Vargiya Karamchari Association and the Haryana Sharirik Shiksha Adhyapak Association have condemned the rape of a student by a school teacher in Chudiala village.

They said that the accused teacher did not deserve to remain in this profession and his services should be terminated.


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