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BSF denies sexual harassment by instructor at J&K centre June 25, 2008

Posted by nitinkarani in English, Gay, Homophobia, Times of India.
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From The Times of India, 23 June 2008, a follow-up story to a report on the previous day about alleged same-sex abuse:

BSF denies sexual harassment by instructor at J&K centre

23 Jun 2008, 1640 hrs IST,PTI

NEW DELHI: BSF on Monday rejected allegations of alleged “sexual harassment” by one of its instructor in Jammu and Kashmir as claimed by 136 recruits of Bihar Military Police (BMP), who deserted the centre.

“Prima facie, it does not look like as the case is made out to be. There is more than what meets the eye,” BSF Director General A K Mitra told reporters on being asked about the incident.

Stating that the force has already initiated a probe into the incident, Mitra said there can be other angles to the incident.

The force, which filed a missing report with the police in this regard, had earlier denied the allegation and maintained that the recruits, part of a 370-strong group, had left as they were unable to sustain the tough training course at Udhampur.

The BMP trainees had alleged that one of the recruits was called by an instructor to his room on June 20 and an attempt to sexually harass him was made.

When the recruit raised an alarm, his colleagues rushed there and rescued him, police said, quoting the trainees.

Acting on the complaint by the trainee police personnel, the Bihar government has ordered a probe.

About 370 recruits of the Bihar Military Police had joined two training centres at Udhampur and Jagnoo on June 1 for a 40-week-long training course.

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