Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, June 18:
The National Human Rights Commission has asked the Odisha government to submit an action taken report (ATR) on three girls, who committed suicide after finding their names in the dreaded ‘F’ (failed) list in the annual Class X examination conducted by the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) – not because they performed badly but due to the sheer callousness of the Board.
The names of all three girls figured in the ‘E’/Pass grade after BSE published the revised mark sheet on May 10 following complaints of large scale bungling in the evaluation of answer sheets. But by then, it was too late. Three precious lives ebbed out in the prime of their youth for no fault of theirs.
The three girls are: Rinky Dehury, a student of Jarasingha Girls High School in Dhenkanal district, Rasmita Sahu from Khurdha and Sagarika Pati from Athamallick in Angul district.
Rinki committed suicide on April 30, soon after the results of the matriculation examinations were declared.
The NHRC order came on a petition filed by Subash Mohapatra, executive director of Global Human Rights Communications, which brought the Board’s gross negligence to the Commission’s notice.
“The wrong result publication is a criminal negligence and due to criminal negligence of the public authorities, they committed suicide. We are concerned about the death of the students due to wrong result publication. The police are yet to investigate into the matter properly,” Mohapatra said in his petition.
The petition requested the NHRC to direct the state government to investigate the matter by an independent authority, suspend the concerned authorities involved in the matter to prevent further malpractice during the investigation and bring the culprits to justice.
He also requested the NHRC to direct the government to pay an interim relief of Rs. 10 lakh to the next kin of the victims.