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NHRC seeks ATRs in Odisha kidney sale case in four weeks

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 17:

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today sought action taken reports (ATRs) from both the Collector and SP of Odisha’s Kandhamal district in the matter of alleged sale of kidney by a dalit youth of the district.

Kanhu (right) with his father Barun Behera
Kanhu (right) with his father Barun Behera

Acting on a complaint filed by rights activist Akhand, the NHRC asked the two senior officers to file ATRs in the matter within four weeks.

Akhand alleged in his complaint that one Kanhu Behera (20) had sold one of his two kidneys to a man in Brahmapur for Rs 3.5 lakhs this April adding that the kidney transplant was done at a hospital in Sri Lanka.

Kanhu, the only son of a daily wage earner Barun Behera of Harijan Sahi of Phulbani, did odd jobs to help his father run the family and had to discontinue his studies due to acute poverty, he said in his petition.

After coming in contact with a broker, Kanhu decided to sell one of his kidneys to pay for construction of a house for his family, Akhand said.

“Due to acute poverty a dalit poor boy was forced to sell one his kidneys. The family doesn’t have a BPL card and has received no government assistance yet. No action has been taken against the people behind the illegal act,” alleged Akhand in his petition drawing attention of the rights watchdog.