Shame Again: 2 more schoolgirls found pregnant in Odisha, probe begins

Dhenkanal: Raising serious questions on safety and security of girl students in the schools of Odisha, reports of two more schoolgirls being pregnant surfaced in a matter of hours today.

In Dhenkanal, a headmaster of an ashram school lodged a police complaint yesterday citing that one of his girl students is pregnant. Following the allegations, the district child protection officer and other officials visited the school and held a closed-door meeting with the girl’s family members today.

Though it is still unclear under which circumstances the girl got pregnant, a detailed investigation will be launched into the matter, police said. “The headmaster of the school lodged a complaint yesterday and we have started an investigation into the matter,” said Malaya Nayak, IIC of Sadar Police station.

Similarly in Kalahandi, a class IX student of a government school in Narla was also found pregnant. The girl, who hails from a neighbouring State was studying in Odisha. The matter came to light after the girl student fell sick at the school on January 16 and was then shifted to Burla hospital after her condition deteriorated.

However, the school authorities are tight-lipped over the incident. Police officials could not be contacted over the matter.