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Misbehaviour case registered against Ileana Citaristi

Ileana Citaristi

The dancer refuses the charges, called them ‘baseless’

Ileana CitaristiBhubaneswar: Padama Shri awardee Odissi dancer Ilena Citaristi, born in Italy, is in the news but not for the good reason this time. She has been charged for allegedly misbehaving with a student at the dance school run by her at Bindu Sagar area.

The complaint was lodged at Lingaraj police station by the victim’s father Kamala Kanta Dash on Sunday but police registered the case last night.

According to Dash’s complaint, Citaristi misbehaved with his 10-year-old daughter over some issue on Sunday. The father, however, declined to divulge the details.

“The allegations against me are baseless. I have not misbehaved at all or beaten up the student,” Citaristi told reporters. She teaches Oddissi to about 40 students in her dance school ‘Art Vision Academy’.

Police said that the case has been registered against Citaristi under section 341 (wrongful restraint) and 323 (causing hurt) of IPC and section 23 of Juvenile Justice Act.

The girl had been medically examined but there were no external injuries, said DCP Nitinjit Singh.


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