Tension in Daringbadi after class VIII girl delivers baby in hostel; staff face music

Kandhamal: The tall claim of state government regarding welfare of tribal community has fallen flat after a minor tribal girl delivered a baby inside the toilet of school hostel toilet in Baliguda near Daringbadi in Kandhamal district.

The incident sent a shock wave to the area after locals and guardians of the students residing in the hostel gheraoed the school and staged road blockade on the national highway till police intervention.

Kandhamal SP Pratik Singh said that the girl was impregnated after being raped by a youth eight months ago while she was in her village on vacation. But, she didn’t utter a single word regarding the ordeal out of fear and public humiliation, the SP added.

The accused youth has been detained while girl and the infant were shifted to MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur. She will be handed over to CWC after discharge, Singh informed.

Taking serious note of the matter, SC/ST Welfare Minister Ramesh Majhi asked the district Collector to submit a report in details within ten days.

The Collector suspended three assistant superintendents and dismissed a ANM, two matrons, a warden and a cook cum attendant for dereliction of duty and recommended the State government to initiate action against the headmistress. He also directed the sub-collector to conduct an inquiry and give report in 10 days.

Meanwhile, the State Congress condemned the incident and demanded SC/ST Welfare Minister’s resignation for unable to ensure safety of the girls residing in government hostel.

At a press meet Mahila Congress leader Sumitra Jena threatened stir if the matter is not investigated properly.

Similarly, BJP Mahila Morcha president Pravati Parida condemned the shameful incident and demanded a thorough investigation.

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