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Rape and suicide of tribal girl: NHRC summons K’handi DM for appearance

Bhubaneswar, Nov 3: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued conditional summon to Kalahandi Collector-cum-District Magistrate (DM) to appear in person over non-compliance of its direction involving financial compensation to the next of the kin of a deceased tribal girl student.

It was alleged that on August 29, 2012, a tribal girl Kuni Majhi (13), student of Class VII who was inmate of Government-run Gopalpur Sevashram, Thuamul Rampur block in Kalahandi committed suicide after being subjected to sexual abuse.

The DM has been directed to appear before the commission on November 16 to produce the required information/documents.

“However, the required information/documents be received on or before 8/11/2016, his personal presence shall be dispensed with,” the latest order of the apex human rights watchdog said.

The commission has taken serious view as the matter is very old pending since the year 2012. The Collector has not responded despite warning of coercive process under Section 13 of the PHR Act, 1993.

The instant direction came upon a case filed by rights campaigner Subash Mohapatra.

On April, 26, the NHRC had issued a reminder to Kalahandi DM for submission of the current status of financial assistance to be provided to the next of kin of the deceased Kuni Majhi along with the proof.

Though the police arrested the culprit Mashu Majhi but they did not take an action against the authorities of the school. Subsequently, Kuni Majhi died under suspicious circumstances on September 24, 2012 in the school premises.

This development is in the backdrop of recently launched policy framework for private participation in industrial infrastructure development.

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