‘Sexual Harassment’ Of Differently-Abled Inmates, Commission For PwDs Begins Probe

Bhubaneswar: The State Commission for Persons with Disabilities has launched a probe into the alleged sexual harassment of inmates and running of a sex racket at a divyang training centre in the Capital City.

A team of the commission members led by its chairperson Sulochana Das visited the All Odisha Orthopedically Handicapped Welfare Association centre at Palaspali and met inmates and office bearers today.

“We have just started an investigation. The commission requires some time to complete the probe,” Das told reporters, adding that strong action will be taken against the accused persons if the allegations are proved.

The disability panel has taken suo-motu cognizance of media reports on the incidents. She said strong action will be taken against the accused if the allegations are proved.

On the other hand, DCP Umashankar Dash said a special team has been formed to investigate the matter. The case came to the fore after a video by a former woman employee of the centre went viral on social media.

The aforementioned employee named a senior member of the centre of running a sex racket and harassing the inmates. The woman said she had lodged a complaint with Airfield police in this matter on November 23, 2020.

The complainant in this case said, “Had the police acted on my complaint earlier, the matter would not have reached this stage. However, I have confidence on the Commissioner for PwDs and the Secretary of the Department that they would take every step necessary to help and give justice to the disabled inmates.”

Umashankar Dash, DCP, Bhubaneswar

Sujata Behera, Complainant