Private ladies hostel owner detained for harassing +2 girl in Bargarh

Bargarh: In yet another case of sexual harassment of women in the state, police detained the owner of a private ladies hostel located in Bargarh town after an inmate levelled sexual assault allegation against him last night.

The detainee has been identified as Sudhanshu Padhi, owner of Padhi Ladies Hostel.

As per the complaint filed against Padhi at the Bargarh Town Police Station, he call upon the victim, a +2 student of a city college, to the storeroom of the hostel and behave with her inappropriately with intent to sexually exploit her.

The victim girl also submitted a video to police in connection with the incident to substantiate her claim.

“We have detained the accused for interrogation. Cases under Sections 354 and 354 (A) of IPC and 12 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act has been lodged against him,” informed Suresh Nayak, SDPO Bargarh to media.

“As per a direction of the district SP, a decision has been taken to form a committee in coming days to deal with all sexual harassment incidents taking place at ladies hostels across the district. Comprising of NGO members, Magistrate and Police the committee will visit all hostels to check whether the authorities are complying with the rules and regulations fixed by the government to run a hostel or not,” the SDPO added.

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