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Baby delivered by Odisha school girl dies


Berhampur: A baby delivered by a 14-year-old girl student of class-VIII in Odisha’s Kandhamal district died at the MKCG Medical College and Hospital here today.

The minor girl and the newborn were initially admitted to the Baliguda Sub-Divisional Hospital and later shifted to the MKCG Hospital after the delivery yesterday.

The girl had given birth to the baby in the bathroom of the hostel of a state-run tribal residential school in Daringibadi area of Kandhamal.

On the other hand, Radharani Dalai, the headmistress of the school, was suspended by the Kandhamal Collector today. Earlier, as many as two matrons, one auxiliary nurse midwifery of the institute, two cook-cum-attendants and one warden were dismissed while three women Assistant Superintendents were suspended for dereliction of duty.

“The girl was raped eight months ago at her village. She couldn’t reveal it out of fear and shame. The main accused has been detained,” Kandhamal Superintendent of Police Prateek Singh told media persons.

The police official said the girl got pregnant after she was raped by Sraban Pradhan (23) when she had gone to her village during vacation.

SC and ST Development Minister Ramesh Majhi said the Kandhamal Collector has been asked to conduct a probe into the matter. The Minister said appropriate action would be taken after the inquiry report is submitted.