Student’s suicide: Rs. 5 lakh given to kin

The Odisha government on Sunday handed over an ex-gratia payment of Rs. 5 lakh to the family members of the Class X student of Malkangiri district who committed suicide on August 2 following sexual exploitation by the headmaster of her school.

The victim was student of a residential school for SC & ST girls at Sikhpalli. Headmaster Biswajit Sarkar was arrested by the police on Saturday. Through a handwritten suicide note, the victim had alleged that the headmaster had been sexually exploiting her. Following the arrest of the headmaster, another girl of the school also alleged that she had also faced sexual harassment at hands of the headmaster.

Meanwhile, Malkangiri district administration has put four staff of the school under suspension. They included the headmaster, in charge headmaster Biswanath Lenka, hostel superintendent Renubala Mallick and junior matron Sephali Kirtania. Watchman of the school Pradeep Suna was removed from his job.

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