A self proclaimed godman was arrested in Kandhamal district on charges of sexual harassment of a female teacher.
According to polices sources, the arrested person was a sanyasi named Swami Purna Chaitanya, who was also the management head of a residential primary school at Kirkuti village under Daringbadi police station limits. The female teacher who has brought this grave allegation against the godman used to serve in the school.
The complaint, lodged by the female teacher against Swami Purna Chaitanya, relates to an incident that occurred several months ago on August 6, 2013 night. As per the allegations made in the FIR lodged by her, on that night at round 10 p.m. the accused had reached her room in the name of handing over a torch and outraged her modesty. She had also alleged that Swami Purna Chaitanya had also threatened her of dire consequences if she revealed about it before any one. She had left the campus of the residential school on August 15, 2013.
But the victim had filed complaint regarding the sexual harassment she had faced at Daringbadi police station on Friday. After it a police team from Daringbadi police station reached Kirkuti to arrest the godman. According to Arjun Barik, the Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) of Baliguda, the swami was arrested under section 354 and 506 India penal Code (IPC). Swami Purna Chaitanya has been sent to jail as Baliguda court rejected his bail plea. The authorities of the residential school have denied the allegations against Swami Puran Chaitanya and have demanded an impartial enquiry into the matter.
The complaint relates to an incident that occurred on August 6, 2013