Haryana sacks principal accused of sexually harassing over 140 girls | Chandigarh News - Times of India

JIND: Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday ordered the termination of services of a government girls senior secondary school principal who is accused of sexually assaulting 142 girl students at his school in Haryana’s Jind district, according to a government spokesperson.

The CM issued the orders under Article 311 (B) of the Constitution after receiving a report from the education department that had suspended the principal on October 27.Police had booked the principal on October 30, nearly 45 days after the state women’s commission asked it to register an FIR on September 14. The direction was made after 15 girls sent a letter to the commission, President, PM and others alleging sexual assault by the principal.
The number of victims later went up to 142 when a team of three officials, including sub-divisional magistrate, district education officer and district elementary education officer counselled 390 girls.

The accused has already been arrested.

Meanwhile, it has come to light that the principal took 64 girls on a three-day tour to Amritsar on October 25 without permission of the higher officials and allegedly tried to influence them. The district education officer had visited the school and met the girls after they returned.

Activists, including NCP leader Sonia Doohan, said the Haryana government had acted late. “Over 1,000 girls have dropped out of the school in the last few years, with only 935 now left. More shocking truths will come out if the matter is investigated thoroughly,” she claimed.

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