Girls ac­cuse prin­ci­pal of sex­ual ha­rass­ment, FIR lodged

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Lucknow - HT Cor­re­spon­dent lko­re­porters­desk@hin­dus­tan­ ▪

LUC­KNOW: In a high ten­sion drama at Na­tional In­ter Col­lege, a group of girls along with their fam­ily mem­bers lev­elled charges of sex­ual ha­rass­ment against the prin­ci­pal and staged protest on the col­lege premises.

They also ac­cused prin­ci­pal Uma Shankar Singh of abus­ing them and threat­en­ing to fail them in ex­am­i­na­tion.

The police have reg­is­tered an FIR against the prin­ci­pal and fur­ther prob­ing the mat­ter.

In the FIR, three girl students of Class 11 have al­leged sex­ual ha­rass­ment by the prin­ci­pal.

How­ever, the prin­ci­pal de­nied al­le­ga­tions while stat­ing it to be a con­spir­acy of some se­nior teach­ers to re­move him from the post. He told the me­dia per­sons that CCTV cam­eras were in­stalled on the col­lege cam­pus in­clud­ing his of­fice room and the police could watch it to know the truth.

On Tues­day, a group of in­ter­me­di­ate girls reached the col­lege with their par­ents and started ac­cus­ing the prin­ci­pal of sex­ual ha­rass­ment and mis­be­haviour. One of the three girls al­leged that the prin­ci­pal con­fined her and her two friends in his of­fice room on Mon­day when they had gone to col­lect their re­sults. She said the prin­ci­pal hurled abu­sive re­marks against them.

An­other girl al­leged the prin­ci­pal was do­ing this for the last many months. She said the prin­ci­pal had asked for her mo­bile num­ber to send im­por­tant mes­sages re­lated to aca­demics, but soon he started vis­it­ing her house on the pre­text on help­ing her in stud­ies and used to stay till late night.

She also al­leged that the prin­ci­pal got in­dulged in in­de­cent talks with her and her younger sis­ter and sent ob­scene mes­sages to her and other girls, but she and her fam­ily mem­bers feared com­plain­ing against him as he would have spoiled their ca­reer.

Fol­low­ing protest, a police team com­pris­ing women cops vis­ited the col­lege cam­pus and also vis­ited the prin­ci­pal’s house af­ter not find­ing him in his of­fice when the girls de­manded his im­me­di­ate ar­rest. The police team had to re­turn from there as his fam­ily mem­bers de­nied their en­try in ab­sence of proper war­rant to search the house.

District police spokesman Arun Singh said FIR against the prin­ci­pal was lodged on the ap­pli­ca­tion of fa­ther of one the three girls.

He said the com­plainant had men­tioned in the ap­pli­ca­tion that the prin­ci­pal of­ten tried to in­dulge in in­de­cent acts with the girls and some col­lege staff al­leged that he also mis­be­haved with women teach­ers. The com­plainant de­manded stern ac­tion and ar­rest of the prin­ci­pal.

Arun Singh said FIR has been lodged un­der IPC sec­tion 354 A for phys­i­cal con­tact and ad­vances in­volv­ing un­wel­come and ex­plicit sex­ual over­tures, send­ing in­de­cent mes­sage and mak­ing sex­u­ally coloured re­mark; and sec­tion 506 for crim­i­nal in­tim­i­da­tion.

He said a sec­tion of Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren from Sex­ual Of­fences Act has also been slapped against the prin­ci­pal.



▪ Fol­low­ing protests, a police team vis­ited the cam­pus.

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