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NHRC ensures Rs 13L to victims of sexual exploitation by teacher

The National Human Rights Commission, after much persistence, ensured that 13 students, victims of sexual exploitation by a teacher at the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Nayagarh, Odisha, got rupees one lakh each as relief for violation of their right to life and dignity.  The school functions under the aegis of Jawahar Navodaya Samiti, HRD ministry.

The complainant had alleged that 38 students of the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya had been tortured and forced to have unnatural sex with the teacher at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Nayagarh, Odisha for a period of one and a half years.  The issue was widely covered by the media on the 23rd September, 2012.

The Commission, after inquiry, however found that 13 students were sexually exploited.  The accused teacher was arrested and terminated from service.  Four other teachers, who supported the accused and pressurised the complainant to withdraw his complaint, were suspended. Criminal proceedings were going on against them in a court of law. 

The then Principal of the school, who had failed to keep a vigil on the immoral activities of the teacher and had tried to suppress the incident, was transferred to another place.  Criminal proceedings against him were also going on. The Commission remained firm in not accepting the contention of the concerned authorities that monetary relief should not be awarded to the victims, since they had expressed satisfaction with the action against the accused teacher and others who either tried to support him or suppress the issue.
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