Raped Class 8 stu­dent gives birth in Odisha hos­tel toi­let

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Nation - De­babrata Mo­hanty de­babrata.mo­[email protected]

BHUBANESWAR: A class 8 stu­dent de­liv­ered a child at a tribal res­i­den­tial school hos­tel in Odisha’s Kand­hamal dis­trict on Sun­day months after she was al­legedly raped, a po­lice of­fi­cer said.

Of­fi­cials said an al­leged at­tempt of the school au­thor­i­ties, who could not be im­me­di­ately reached, to hush up the mat­ter failed after they were forced to rush the girl to a nearby hos­pi­tal after she de­liv­ered the baby in a toi­let at the hos­tel.

Res­i­dents gath­ered out­side the school and blocked a na­tional high­way after learn­ing about the de­liv­ery.

The block­ade was re­moved after po­lice de­tained a man for al­legedly sex­u­ally as­sault­ing the girl. “The girl was raped eight months ago when she had gone to her vil­lage. She did not re­port the or­deal due to fear and shame. The main ac­cused has been ar­rested,” said Kand­hamal po­lice su­per­in­ten­dent Pratik Singh. The con­di­tion of the girl and her baby was re­ported to be stable.

Au­thor­i­ties dis­missed six hos­tel em­ploy­ees for their fail­ure to re­port the mat­ter. The school head­mistress was also ques­tioned at a lo­cal po­lice sta­tion.

The al­leged sex­ual abuse has come to light over a year after the head­mas­ter of a girls school in tribal-dom­i­nated Ko­ra­put dis­trict was in Oc­to­ber 2017 ar­rested for al­legedly rap­ing and im­preg­nat­ing a class 9 stu­dent.

A cook at a res­i­den­tial school in Malka­n­giri dis­trict was ar­rested three months ear­lier in July 2017 over al­le­ga­tions of im­preg­nat­ing an 11-year-old girl after sex­u­ally abus­ing her re­peat­edly.

State SC and ST de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter Ramesh Ma­jhi said: “The gov­ern­ment is con­cerned over the safety and se­cu­rity of girl stu­dents and stern ac­tion will be taken against those found guilty.”

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