Dalit woman tortured: Caste virus 001KT2007

09Apr07

Hubli, April 7: A departmental inquiry has been ordered into the case of a Dalit primary school teacher who had set herself ablaze following harassment at the workplace, Karnataka Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Basavaraj Horatti said today.

On April four, the teacher working at the Venkatapur village primary school, had tried to burn herself when the public education department failed to pay heed to her complaint of harassment by one Girish Bhavimani, the minister told reporters here. Following the incident, the Block Education officer of Mundargi Taluka of Gadag district has been suspended for dereliction of duty while the Deputy Director of Public Instruction of Gadag district had been served a showcause notice on the same count,he said.

Girish had been arrested under IPC 306 (abetment of suicide) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), he said. The teacher,who sustained 90 per cent burns, was currently battling for life, he said. All medical expenses would be borne by the government, he said after visiting the hospital.

Source: Chennai online



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