Bhubaneswar, Oct 28:
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to the Odisha government asking it to submit a report on the alleged sexual exploitation of students by a headmaster in a government run school in Nayagarh district.
The NHRC‘s notice to the secretary, School and Mass Education came in response to a petition filed by well-known lawyer and human rights activist Prabir Kumar Das drawing the attention of the Commission against government inaction over the allegations of sexual exploitation of 14 students by a headmaster for two years in a government run primary school at Totapada under Nayagarh Sadar police limits in Nayagarh district.
Das in his petition said the matter came to light after angry guardians of the victims brought the matter to the notice of the collector Nayagarh on September 20 this year.
Prabir Das while expressing grave concern over the fact that no action has yet been taken in this regard by the state government had pointed out that the sexual exploitation of young students in a government school by a teacher amounts to gross violation of the rights to life, dignity and education under Articles 21 and 21A of the Constitution.
The petitioner had urged the Commission to direct the state government to pay Rs 5 lakh as compensation to the affected students, to take stringent action against the guilty and take adequate steps to prevent the recurrence of such incidents in future.