A 13 yr old girl from Tiangia of G.
Udayagiri block in Kandhamal district was allegedly raped on 24th
October 2012, while going to the place of Dusserah Pooja, by 6 men (3
adults and 3 minors).
The incident with their daughter
traumatised and frightened the Parents so much that they did not lodge a
complaint at any police station in Kandhamal district. As the parents
happened to be Bhubaneswar based daily wage earners, they approached the
Child Right Commission after coming back to the city. But the commission
remained rather indifferent towards their complaint. A case was only
registered by women police station in Bhubaneswar. However, no action
has been initiated from any side to ensure justice to the victim and end
The victim went under trauma since the
incident. It is only after counselling and preliminary psycho-therapy
assistance that she is just a bit better. But she has stopped schooling
after the incident.
A 5 year old girl from Sarangada of K.
Nuagam was sexually assaulted allegedly by a 16 year old minor on
November 14, 2012. Sarangadu police registered a case after the family
of the victim filed a complaint in the police station. But there was no
action by the Police as the accused was allegedly a minor. It was only
after medical examination of the victim and continuous follow-up that
the Sub-Collector only released a meagre 5000 rupees as assistance.
The victim is not sent to school by her
family fearing that she may be humiliated for the unfortunate incident.
Both the victims and their families are in
trauma since the unfortunate incidents happened with their daughters.
They need to be based in safe place and environment to come out of the
fear and trauma. The victims who have discontinued their education
should be admitted elsewhere to continue their education. But, in stead
of facilitating for the same, the administration has, rather, denied to
admit these girls in the government hostels only because they are not
from tribal communities but belong to dalit Christian (minority)
Even though the cases were brought to the
notice of Odisha Child Right Commission and other concerned offices, no
visible action could be initiated by any of them.
When Child Rights are talked about
everywhere, cases of child abuse and sexual assault increase in an alarming rate in Odisha
and, particularly, in Kandhamal district. The juvenile justice system,
which could ensure justice to the victims in the aforesaid cases, is
almost defunct in Kandhamal district.
The letter seeks a speedy follow up of the
cases and juvenile justice system be made effective to ensure justice to
Apart from this, the letter also appeals
for immediate financial Assistance for necessary psycho-therapy and
education of the victims.