Chhattisgarh Ramakrishna Mission hostel chairman accused of sexual assault
RAIPUR: Three women employees of Ramakrishna
Mission-run tribal hostel at Bagicha block in Jashpur district of Chhattisgarh on
Thursday lodged complaints of physical, mental torture and sexual assault
against the institute chairman.
The women alleged that the hostel chief, Swami
Jyotirmayanand had been mentally and physically torturing them for last few
months. They said when they were unable to take it anymore, they confronted and
told him they would disclose his acts, he suspended them. They charged Swami
with forcibly hugging and attempting to kiss them when they were alone.
The hostel, which gets government funds, is being run
to educate children belonging to Pahadi Korwa tribal group.
The women also said they tried to lodge complaint at
Bagicha police station two days ago but were turned away. It was only when
local media apprised senior police officials of the issue, the complaint was
registered, they said.
Terming it an act of political conspiracy,
Jyotirmayanand told the media that the case was false, pre-meditated and lacked
substance. The three lodged a complaint against him after they were suspended for
laidback and lethargic attitude towards work, he said. One of them was recently
served a notice for termination, he added.
“The hostel receives enough funds from government and
NGOs and I have been facing pressure from politically well-connected people for
commission. As I have never compromised on the issue, they have threatened to
throw me out. When they did not succeed in their designs, they conspired and
plotted against me. Questioning the timing of complaint, he said if he had
sexually assaulted them, they could have lodged the complaint in the past,”
Swami, who has a reputation of no-nonsense and tough
administrator, was also accused of mental torture by a woman worker two months
ago. Investigations are underway.