Italy-born Odissi dancer Ileana Citaristi, who runs a dance school here, on Wednesday found herself in trouble after the father of one of her students accused her of beating his minor daughter.
A case under section 341, section 321 of Indian Penal Code and under section 23 of the Juvenile Justice Act was lodged against the 55-year-old Citaristi by Bhubaneswar Police at the Lingaraj Police Station after the girl’s father accused her of beating his daughter.
In his complaint, Kamala Kanta Dash alleged that Ileana had slapped his 10-year-old daughter while she was training in her Odissi dance school. He alleged that his daughter suffered injury in one of her fingers, knee and back. When he confronted the dancer, she reportedly misbehaved with him too. Police refused to reveal any more details.
Citaristi, who trained under noted Odissi dance guru Kelucharan Mahapatra, was conferred Padma Shri in 2006 for her contribution to the dance form.
She refuted the charges, saying she had only asked the girl to leave the class as she was indisciplined. “It is absolutely a false case,” she said.
In July last year, Ileana had kicked off a row after she alleged two servitors of Puri Temple pushed her down the chariot of Lord Jagannath during Rath Yatra after she refused to pay them. Later, the priests apologised to her.