Deogarh (Orissa): Four persons, including
the parents of a girl student who committed suicide after
being allegedly stripped in front of her classmates by a woman
school teacher in Orissa`s Deogarh district recently, were
arrested on Friday, police said.
Acting on inquiry reports submitted separately by
cirle inspector of schools, Sambalpur, District Sarba Sikshya
Abhijan and a primary education official after visiting the
spot, police arrested headmaster Bibhuti Bhushan Behera and
Hindi teacher Mamata Manjari Pradhan, who stripped off the
girl while searching Rs 110 stolen from a student.
The girl`s parents Bhabagrahi Sahu and Jema Sahu were
also arrested on charge of supressing facts as they had
performed last rites of the girl without informing police
after she died, Udit Narayan Pani, IIC of Kundeigola said.
All the four had been fowarded to jail custody after
their bail applications rejected, he said.
The incident had taken place at Khundeigola High
School under Riamal block in Deogarh district on December 28.
The 8th standard girl, Sani Sahu was allegedly asked
to "undress" before other girls of her class while the woman
teacher was searching Rs 110 stolen from one of the students.
There were 25 other girls when the incident took
place. The victim, from whom the money was recovered,
committed suicide the next day by consuming poison for
humiliation and ignominy.
Acting upon a complaint, school and mass education
department and district Sarba Sikshy Abhijan (SSA) probed the
matter separately. Subsequently a deputy director of primary
education also conducted an inquiry, official sources said.