Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Koraput, Sep 4:
A five-member team of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST), led by its chairperson Dr Rameshwar Oraon, on Thursday visited Odisha’s Koraput district to ascertain and collect facts about the rising number of pregnancies in sevashram schools.
The NCST team visited two ashram schools – one at Umri near Jeypore and the other at Kandulbeda near Boipariguda – to ascertain facts behind ashram school inmates attaining motherhood.
Condemning incidents of sevashram school inmates getting pregnant in the district, Dr Oraon said the NCST will serve notices to the state government on this account.
“Around 13-14 girls studying in ashram schools got pregnant. Nobody detected it. Neither the teachers nor any of the authorities detected these and the result was that some girls on completion of nine months of their pregnancies delivered in the schools itself. This is a serious matter,” said Dr Oraon speaking to reporters.
In the last six months about 13-14 minors studying in sevashram schools in the district had got pregnant. Even sevashram authorities had no idea till these girls delivered babies. On February 4 a student of Umri Sevashram School and another student of Kandulbeda Sevashram School on May 3 delivered babies at the schools.
“The state government should take strong action, only then can the culprit be sent to jail or hanged in accordance with provisions of the law. At the meeting scheduled on 5t,h we will take up all these cases,” said Dr Oraon.