They have on a regular basis been beaten and threatened with ropes, saw
blades and stones throughout their childhood. Children are molested
everyday by people like Baikunta Mishra and Babula. More people in
Orphanage are involved in the abuse.
The following actions were initiated to stop the injustice:
Sara Arrhusius writes a general report that briefly touches on the
problems at MMSB. The report is sent to the Secretary
and board members
of Manoj Manjari Sishu Bhawan
at the time (period between
and Gunilla Frankman. It was also intended for the board of MMSB.
Josefine Jacobsson and Linnea Karlsson
send a first testimony to MP Pyrimohan Mohapatra (Founder
Patron and Life Member Manoj Manjari Sishu Bhawan, Keonjhar since
after he has asked us to send information through e-mail about the
children’s situation at MMSB. In the testimony they mentioned
(to maltreatment of the children and then especially the boys. We
have seen fresh bruises, wounds and scars from the abuse. Linnea
has, at some
occasions, seen beating, heard punches and we have both witnessed
psychological abuse.) We know that this is not just accidents but
actions committed by the Super Intendent Mr. Mishra on a regular
basis. As you know the French and Swedish organisations and Adoption
centre in Sweden do not accept this kind of treatment of children
and it is now your responsibility, when you are informed, to deal
with this problem.
Linnea Karlsson, Sara Arrhusius and Josefine Jacobsson send separate
testimonies to Swedish Adoptions centre and PVCHR.
March, 2011 Peoples’ Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) sent
letter to National Human Rights Commission
with a request to protect these children and do investigation in the
matter at earliest. The commission directed the matter to Orissa Human
August, 2011 Orissa Human Rights Commission in case no. 674 of 2011 No.
9503/OHRC in the ordered sheet that “A letter dated 30th
May, 2011 has been received from the petitioner seeking information of
the action taken on the order of the commission dated 28th
April, 2011. Evidently the order of the commission dated 27th
May, 2011 where the case was concluded had not been received by the
petitioner by 30th May, 2011. On the verification of paper,
it is seen that the said order of the commission has been complied on 16th
July, 2011. By now he should have received the copy of the order. So no
further action seems necessary.”
But before the order sheet, PVCHR never received letter from Orissa Human
Rights Commission for the comment.
March, 2011 letter was sent to National Commission for Protection of
child right. NCPCR in letter dated 6th June, 2011 File no.
OR-17011/21/975/2011-Comp stated the matter was enquired by the
Collector and the district Magistrate, Keonjhar. Report in this regard
has been received which categorically denies of any such incidence of
misbehavior at the institution. It has also been reported that the
children are happy with the arrangement made for them by the
The enquiry was not conducted through independent agency as the founder
of MMSB Shri PM Pyrimohan Mohapatra had a strong linkage in Odisha.
The 10th of March 2012 when the annual board meeting was held, the
children stood up and begged for the board members to listen. They
wanted to complain about their situation but were prevented from doing
so. Seeing no other solution 16 children left the orphanage in protest
and went to the railway station with the intention to commit suicide.
We know these children very well and we cannot even imagine the extent
of the desperation they most have felt when they decided to take action
at the time of their final exams. After the incident local media
has monitored the case.
Late in the evening police arrived to the railway station. They took the
children with them and violated their authority and Indian law as they
battered them. In the morning they were returned to the orphanage. This
police violence against children is of great concern but the very
exposed situation of these children, and then especially these 16
children, is a direct threat to their safety. We fear for their lives.
Then on the 10th May, 2012 an article published in Times of
harassment charge against orphanage secretary” (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhubaneswar/Sexual-harassment-charge-against-orphanage-secy/articleshow/13075414.cms)
and staff of Manoj Manjari Sishu Bhawan, an orphanage in Keonjhar, on
Wednesday brought allegations of
and misappropriation of funds against the secretary of the institute.
They lodged a complaint with the State Commission for
and have also written to the state government. It has become difficult
for women to work in the institute because of the atrocities of the
secretary. We informed the collector, district social welfare officer
and police about it. When no action was taken we decided to lodge a
complaint with the State Commission for Women," said Parbati Jena,
another employee. "The same secretary was dismissed by collector
following an enquiry into alleged physical torture of inmates in 2008.
But using his power he joined the institute again last year," said Jena.
Chairperson of state commission for women Jyoti Panigrahi said, "I
received the petition filed by the inmates and staff of the institute.
We would make a field visit and conduct an enquiry if required."
The children that has just left MMSB and are moving around in the
different villages for fear of being detected by the Satya N Mishra and
the others working for him. Since they are living outside they are not
protected by the coverage of media and anything could happen to them.
This story came in many print and electronic media in Sweden.
Therefore it is a kind request to immediately conduct enquiry through
independent agency and provides security to the children. As in one hand
the Odisha Government is doing Tribal advocacy for making Mr. P.A Sangama
as President of India, on other hand the case of sexual abuse
of Tribal Children in Orphanage questions the strategy of Odisha
Government for the tribal children.
[Dr Lenin Raghuvanshi is the Secretary General
of Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) based People's Vigilance Committee on Human
Rights (PVCHR). He can be contacted at