Teacher’s molestation triggers Burla bandh

Markets remained closed in Burla on Thursday as people of the town observed a bandh seeking immediate arrest of a man accused of molesting a teacher.

Source said the victim, a 26-year-old unmarried woman from the town, is a teacher at a local English medium school. She was molested and forced to pose nude in front of the camera by her neighbour Dharmaraj Singh and one of his associates, who held her at gun point. Locals alleged that police did not take the matter seriously even after receiving complaints.

Sambalpur SP Nikhil Kanodia, on the other hand, said, “We have arrested the main accused. Steps are on to nab the other.”

Sources said Dharmaraj, an engineering graduate, was trying to woo the teacher for some time. When she rejected him repeatedly, he decided to teach her a lesson. He went to her school on Wednesday afternoon along with one of his friends and took her in a car on gun point. He took her to an isolated place by a dam and tried to molest her and asked her to pose nude.

Later the accused left her near her house and threatened her not to open her mouth.

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