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Hamirpur School Sexual Harassment Case: Accused Principal Suspended, His Brother Booked for Threatening Victim’s Family

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Hamirpur School Girl Sexual Harassament Case

Hamirpur– In the alleged case of sexual harassment of a 16-year-old minor girl by the principal of a government school in Badsar of Hamirpur district, that has shocked the state, the Department of Higher Education, Himachal Pradesh, has suspended the accused principal following his arrest on Wednesday.   

The principal Gauri Shankar – a 56-year-old retired army personal-was allegedly having an illicit relationship with a minor student of Class XI for past several months.  The matter came to the notice of the parents when they notice an expensive mobile in girl’s hands. When asked, she told parents that the principal had given her the phone. When they checked the phone, they found obscene messages sent by the principal. The parents also discovered that about three to four thousand were transferred to the girl’s account in instalments.

Following it, on Wednesday, the parents accompanied by hundreds of locals reached the school and roughed up the accused. When asked about the gifted mobile, the principal reasoned that he likes to reward meritorious students. However, the parents did not buy this justification.

Though it was not medically confirmed so far, the parents further alleged the accused of sexual harassment too.  As per a media report, the parents also alleged that the girl was pregnant. However,  the police only confirmed sending obscene messaged to the minor as the medical report was still awaited.   

The Deputy Director of Higher Education, Hamirpur, Jaswant Singh also reached the school after protest and slogan shouting by locals.

The Superintendent of Police, Hamirpur, Arjit Sen, said a case was filed under the POCSO Act, IT Act, and SC/ST Act. On Thursday, the accused was sent to a three-day police remand by a local court. Meanwhile, the parents also alleged that the brother of the accused threatened them for filing the complaint.  As per the police, the brother of the accused was also booked under Section 341 and 506 of the IPC.

Earlier, as per the parents, the accused tried to convince the family to mutually resolve the matter, which was denied.

School Closed Till Entire Staff Is Changed

The locals demanded that the entire staff of the school should be changed. The School Management Committee also passed a resolution that the school will remain closed until the entire staff is changed.  However, the district administration maintained that the school will remain open under its strict vigilance.

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Senior Citizen Day Care Centres in Himachal to be Established in Shimla, Mandi, Dharamshala

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Shimla- Senior Citizen Day Care centres in Himachal Pradesh would be established in three districts, the state government informed today.

National Health Mission, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Himachal Pradesh is organising The World Senior Citizen’s Day on 21st August, at New MC Building, Upper Chowk, Khalini Shimla.

A spokesperson said that on this occasion National Health Mission, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Himachal Pradesh in collaboration with Help Age India Himachal Chapter will be establishing three Day Care Centres for elderly at Shimla, Mandi and Dharamshala.  He said that in these centres various activities like physiotherapy, library,(books, magazines and newspapers), recreation/pilgrimage tours, yoga, health checkup and awareness camps and other recreational services (TV, music, carom board, chess, ludo and cards etc) will be provided free of cost.

The decision came after a petition was filed in the Himachal Pradesh High Court by Advocate Vandana Misra in June 2019. The petition had made several revelations regarding minimum or no facilities being provided to senior citizens. It was alleged in the petition that all these facilities existed only in papers.

After hearing the petition, the State High Court had directed the state government to furnish the details of all the Government-run or private old age homes as well as the information, in a tabulated form, of all the cases filed by the senior citizens before the Deputy Commissioners seeking one or the other relief under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007. The case is listed for June 11, 2019. 

As per the 2011 census, Himachal has a population of seven lakh who are aged 60 years and above – 10.2% of the state’s total population. This percentage is higher than the national average of 8.6%.

The highest elderly population in the state was mapped in Hamirpur district at 12.8%, followed by Bilaspur at 11.09%, Kangra at 11.7%, and Una at 11.5%. Solan and Sirmaur have the lowest population of elderly persons at 8%.

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Pension Adalat in Himachal to be Conducted on August 23 to Address Grievances

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Shimla-The Pension Adalat in Himachal Pradesh would be conducted on August 23, 2019, with a view of addressing the grievance of the pensioners, informed a spokesperson of Department of Personnel today.

The announcement came in compliance with the decision of the government of India to conduct the Pension Adalat throughout the country by each Ministry/Department/Organisation/Field formation on the same date.

The objective of this day is dedicated to Pensioners as part of good governance and efforts made to minimize their grievances, he said.

He said that in view of the above, it has been decided to conduct the Pension Adalat on August 23, 2019, under Chairmanship of Special Secretary (Personnel) to the Government of Himachal Pradesh in his office chamber Room No. 223 Armsdale Building. HP  Secretariat at 10.30 AM.

 

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Facebook Account of CM Jairam’s PSO Hacked, Pro-Pakistan, Anti-National Content Posted on Timeline

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Shimla-Facebook account of the personal security officer of the Chief Minister Jairam Thakur, Tavender Thakur, was reportedly hacked by an unknown person. The hacker reportedly posted anti-national and pro-Pakistan content including ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans on the timeline.

It was reported that calls containing objectionable language and life-threats to the Prime Minister Narender Modi were being made through messenger to people in the friend list of the PSO.   

The Cyber Crime Unit of the police is investigating the case. However, Tavender reportedly had no knowledge regarding it. According to available information, Tavender belongs to Seraj constituency of Mandi district.

The screenshots of the content posted on the timeline were being circulated on social media. It created a stir at the Chief Minister’s Office.

The Superintendent of Police, Ompati Jamwal, has confirmed the report of receiving this complaint from some officials of the department. More details are awaited.

The Chief Minister, when asked regarding this news, said that by misusing technology an attempt is being made to create a conspiracy. He said the case has been forwarded to the Cyber Crime unit and culprits behind this hacking would not be spared.  

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