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Gopalganj teacher accused of sexually harassing student

  • Published at 01:01 pm May 2nd, 2019
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The teacher has been temporarily suspended

A Gopalganj teacher has been accused of sexually harassing a seventh-grade student.

Miraj Hossain Molla, assistant teacher of the social science department at Korpara Bohumukhi High School, was detained by the police on Wednesday.

In the light of the accusation, the school authorities temporarily suspended him.

The student’s family members said that the girl was harassed at the birthday celebration of another teacher, Porimal Biswas. Porimal cut the cake and left; then, Miraj force-fed cake to the female students and took selfies with them. He allegedly sexually harassed the female student at the celebratory event.

The student’s parents disclosed the matter to the school authorities, but the school did not take any action. The next day they [the family] filed a written complaint with the Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) and the school headmaster on April 28.

Upon receiving the formal complaint, the school managing committee, on April 30, called for a meeting with notable people in the area. A three-member committee was formed to look into the matter.

The committee settled on submitting a report on May 1. Subsequently, another meeting was held to further discuss the matter.

The same day, members of the Gopalganj sadar upazila Boultoli police outpost detained Miraj for questioning. Meanwhile, Porimal Biswas is on the run.

Md Kamrul Islam, president of Korpara Bohumukhi High School managing committee, said: “Based on the report submitted by the committee, the school has decided to temporarily suspend Miraj.”

Gopalganj police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Md Monirul Islam said: “We have detained schoolteacher Miraj. He is being questioned regarding the matter. We will consult with our superiors and take the next step at the earliest.”