Rashmi Ranjan

George Paika never thought in his wildest dreams that he would have to stay away from his native land for 20 long years. A resident of Kirting village under Mohana police station in Gajapati district, George had to a pay a heavy price for tying the nuptial knot with the love of his life.

Ostracised from society over the marriage, George returned home recently after leading a life of misery for around two decades. 

According to sources, Paika married Anita Nayak of his village in 2004 after his first wife had died. However, his second marriage with Anita did not go down well with the fellow villagers.

Apart from sharp opposition from the villagers, Paika and his entire family were thrashed and ostracised. They were forced to leave their ancestral property in the village back in 2004, sources informed.

After losing his home, Paika and his family members went to Bagadangara village and were leading a miserable life since the last 20 years. 

A report showcasing Paika’s plight was aired on Odisha’s number one news channel OTV prompting Gajapati district administration to swing into action.

After the news was aired on OTV, Gajapati Superintendent of Police (SP) directed Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) to help Paika to get back to his home.

Following the directive from the SP, Paika and the villagers were called in by the SDPO. After a discussion, Paika and his family members returned to their village in the presence of local police station IIC Basant Kumar Sethi and his team.

“I am delighted to return to my village after 20 years. I thank everyone including the media who played a key role in my return to the village,” Paika said.

“Paika and his wife were ostracised 20 years back. We tried to reunite Paika with the villagers and succeeded. We have assured Paika that his family members won’t be troubled,” said Basant Kumar Sethi, IIC of Mohana police station.

  • Reported by:
  • Mihir Jati