New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday asked the Odisha government to submit a report over a minor student delivering a baby in a state-run tribal residential school in Kandhamal district of Odisha.
The commission issued a notice seeking a detailed report in the matter within four weeks regarding action taken against the guilty.
A minor girl delivered a baby girl in the hostel of the residential school in Kandhamal district on January 12. The baby died at the MKCG Medical College and Hospital.
Kandhamal District Welfare Officer (DWO) Charulata Mallick had said that the 14-year-old girl delivered the baby in the school hostel on Saturday night.
“The girl was raped eight months ago at her village. She couldn’t reveal it out of fear and shame. The main accused has been detained,” police had added.
The Kandhamal district administration took action against nine persons in connection with the incident. The school is run by the SC (scheduled caste) and ST (scheduled tribe) development department of Odisha.
Following the incident, two matrons, one auxiliary nurse midwifery of the institute, two cook-cum-attendants, and one warden were dismissed while three women Assistant Superintendents were suspended for dereliction of duty.
The district administration has recommended that the state government initiate action against the headmistress of the residential high school. The SC and ST Development Minister Ramesh Majhi said the Kandhamal Collector has been asked to conduct a probe into the matter.