Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Angul/Bhubaneswar, July 9:
The Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) today admitted a petition filed by human rights activist Padipta Nayak in a shocking case of an orphanage in Angul engaging its inmates in begging.
Admitting the petition filed by Nayak, OHRC acting chairperson Justice BK Mishra and Commission member BK Pattanaik sought an immediate report on the case from the Angul collector.
The shocking revelation came to light after the Angul district administration rescued two children who were allegedly thrown out of the Jagannath Sishu Vikas Sevashram in Kuio village in Angul district for refusing to beg.
The little inmates of the Sevashram alleged that they were forced to beg by the orphanage authorities and abused and thrashed when they declined to do so.
Shockingly, the secretary of Jagannath Sishu Vikas Sevashram, Bhagban Hembrum has actually admitted that inmates were indeed asked to beg for alms.
The orphanage, which has been operating in the village since 2010, used to get orphan children from far flung districts like Sundargarh, Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar promising them education and a better life and then forced them into begging, reports said.
“What is baffling is how the administration could remain ignorant of an orphanage doing all this in the district for the last four years? When are the other inmates going to be rescued and what action will be taken against the orphanage authorities?” asked a senior lawyer of Angul, who preferred not to be named.
“Action will be taken against the concerned orphanage as it was running without a registration,” said District Child Welfare Committee member Anil Mishra.