Odisha government forms sexual harassment cell in education department

The Odisha government has constituted a state level sexual harassment cell in the higher education department. The cell would investigate allegations of sexual harassment in government, government-aided and self financed colleges of the state. The Director of Text Book Bureau, Nibedita Jena has been appointed as the Chairman of the cell. The cell would look into allegations related to sexual harassment and would recommend the principal secretary to take stringent action against the culprit if found guilty. This move by the government comes in the wake of the recent complaint of sexual harassment by a student against the management of Saikrupa residential college in Dhenkanal. The government has served show-cause notice on the college management and has also asked Regional Director of Education, Bhubaneswar, to submit a report after conducting a spot inquiry.

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