NHRC DIRECTS DGP FOR FRESH PROBE
Dissatisfied over the report of the Kandhamal police into the allegation of rape and subsequent pregnancy of a tribal girl student and illegal abortion of the fetus, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has directed the Director General of Police (DGP) for a fresh probe and submission of a report.
Rights campaigner Subhash Mohapatra had moved the NHRC alleging that a 15-year-old tribal girl student of Badagaon Government Residential School in kandhamal district was staying in the hostel last year. However, she was raped and later became pregnant during her staying in the Government-run centre.
When the matter came to the light, a police case was registered at Baliguda police station under various Sections of the IPC and Posco Act.
However, the Kandhamal SP submitted its report to the commission the police did not record the statement of the victim and her father.
Though the Kandhamal SP on April 29 submitted its report mentioning that the accused in the case has been arrested and chargesheeted but it did not reveal whether the statement of the victim and her parents were recorded.
“The police report is merely based on records and is silent on the allegations of intimidation of victim and her parents, forced abortion and denial of medical assistance. No attempt has been made to examine the victim and her parents. In these circumstances, let a notice be sent to the DGP, Odisha to get the matter enquired into by an officer of his choice other than that from Khandmal district and submit the report within six weeks,” the commission’s latest order stated.
September 18, 2016 at 11:42 am
This heinous act must be condemned and the accused should be punished at the earliest. Girl students in residency schools should be provided with adequate security and safety.