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NHRC HAS DIRECTED THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE STEPS ON ABUSE OF MINORS IN SHELTER HOMES

Team SoOLEGAL 6 Jul 2022 12:00am

NHRC HAS DIRECTED THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE STEPS ON ABUSE OF MINORS IN SHELTER HOMES

New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) instructed the State's Chief Secretary to take action on the Special Rapportour's recommendation regarding the issue of child abuse and death in shelter homes throughout the State, but particularly in the Dhenkanal district.

In response to a petition filed by rights activist and lawyer Radhakanta Tripathy, the NHRC issued an order seeking that the Special Rapportour complies with suggested measures.

Tripathy had petitioned the Supreme Court, alleging that a minor inmate, Sambhunath Nayak, was found dead on July 2, 2019 in Laxminarayan Gurukul Ashram in Dhenkanal District. For years, in the same district, Good News India Shelter Home, located at Belatikri orphans, minor children were sexually exploited, among other violations of legal provisions. He claimed that both schools were operating illegally.

Previously, the NHRC had instructed the district administration to file an application for compensation immediately before the concerned court through the Prosecutor under Rule 7 of the POCSO Rules, 2012, and to submit a compliance report within six weeks after expressing serious concern about the Dhenkanal District Collector's report that the children victims are not covered under Compensation Rules.

Dr. Vikas Aggarwal, Special Rapportour for the Eastern Zone, later investigated the allegations. Meanwhile, Tripathy claimed that the Special Rapportour's recommendations were ignored by the government and that no compensation was paid to the victims. According to the investigation report, various actions were taken against the private illegal school, and it was closed down.

A compensation application has been filed in court. In light of these facts, the Commission's intervention is no longer required, the NHRC ruled. However, it is clear that all of these actions were taken only after the incident, and no investigation report or compliance report on the Special Rapportour's recommendations has been submitted to date. As a result, the order directed that the Chief Secretary of the Government of Odisha take action on the Special Rapportour's recommendation.



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