New Delhi: In a shocking incident, a minor student of tribal residential school give birth a baby girl in her hostel. The incident took place in Kandhamal district of Odisha.
Kandhamal District Welfare Officer (DWO) Charulata Mallick 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 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.
Recently, Odisha Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy had resigned after he stirred controversy for his remarks on the acquittal of the accused in a gang rape-and-murder case of 2011-2012.
The development after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing a public meeting at Baripada, accused the Odisha government of not being serious about the welfare of women and girls and urged it to re-investigate the Pipili gang rape-and-murder case.
Maharathy had to resign from the ministry then in the face of a state-wide hue and cry for allegedly sheltering the accused. He again became a minister after the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) returned to power in 2014.