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Innocent school going Odisha tribal girls becoming rape victims
One tribal minor girl reading in class VIII at Kandulbeda Tribal Welfare School under Boipariguda block in Koraput District became mother. The girl complained severe abdominal pain on 5th March. The school authorities kept silent without informing to their higher authorities and admitted her in Boipariguda Community Health Centre, from where she was later shifted to a hospital at Jeypore.

On the way to hospital she delivered male child on the same day. According to official source of information the girl's family lodged a complaint with the police against the school authorities. It is learnt that the new born died after a few seconds. Meanwhile Koraput District Collector Yamini Sarangi has directed the District Welfare Officer to probe the incident.

In another case on February 4th a class VI girl student of Umuri Ashram School under Jeypore Block of Koraput district delivered a baby in the Hostel it self. School authorities kept silent without even informing to their higher authority. However the Collector got the information and later the Headmaster and Hostel Superintendent of the school have been arrested by the police.

In another case on January 23rd a minor tribal girl reading in class X at Lingagada of Phulbani district had delivered a baby in the hostel of Lingagada Girls High School, the authorities not informed to their higher authority in that case too.

In another shocking incident another Class VIII student of Kasturba Gandhi High School in Koraput town also delivered a girl child on February 27th but the incident was suppressed by the District Education Department, however the Girl's guardian lodged complaint at Nandapur police station on Friday. The police arrested the accused from Kumuli under Borigumma block and produced him before the court.

While these cases have been reported, there are many unreported cases, the tribal leaders alleged. Expecting better education at a safest accommodation and amid some best care the tribal parents send their daughters to Government schools and hostels but unfortunately the students particularly innocent tribal girls become the victims of the present civilized society. The fate of the tribals has not changed much even after 67 years of independence.

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