Residential school shame: Mahila Congress demands resignation of ministers

Bhubaneswar: Coming down heavily on the Odisha government over the incident in which a class VIII girl delivered a baby in a residential school in Daringbadi, the Mahila Congress today demanded the resignation of SCST Development minister Ramesh Majhi and Women and Child Development minister Prafulla Samal.
The party has also demanded the suspension of the secretaries of both the departments and the collector of Kandhamal.

The Mahila Congress members threatened that if Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik fails to act within the next 72 hours, they will launch a state-wide agitation from January 19 onwards.

Odisha Mahila Congress chairperson Sumitra Jena said “The top-level officials including the secretaries should be suspended. The concerned minsters, who have not visited the school or have not reviewed the situation as a part of their moral responsibility, should also resign.”

No response could be received from the ruling-BJD or the State government on the allegations levelled by the Mahila Congress.

Earlier on Sunday, the news of a schoolgirl delivering baby at a residential school at Daringbadi had triggered massive unrest in Kandhamal with irate locals staging demonstrations.

Following public outrage, the headmistress of the residential school was suspended yesterday. Moreover, three assistant superintendents of the school were suspended along with the dismissal of one health worker (ANM) and two matrons.

The NHRC, after taking suo motu cognizance, served a notice yesterday to the Odisha Chief Secretary seeking a detailed report within 4 weeks on action taken against the guilty and relief/ rehabilitation as well as counselling provided to the victim girl.

In the meantime, the newborn died at the hospital yesterday.