Bhubaneswar: In the disposal of complaints of violence against children in the last ten years Odisha’s performance has been dismal.
As much as 77.65% of cases of violence against children registered with Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (OSCPCR) in the last ten years from 2010 to 2020 are pending. The complaints include child trafficking, sexual torture and violence.
According to data shared by Minister of Women & Child Development (W&CD) Tukuni Sahoo in a written reply to question by BJP MLA Mohan Majhi out of 944 cases of violence against children which include child trafficking, sexual torture and violence registered with OSCPCR in the decade from 2010 to 2020 only 211 have been disposed of while 733 are pending.
The Minister has also informed that a total of 17 cases of child marriages were registered with OSCPCR from 2010 to 2020 only four have been disposed of while 13 are pending.
She has stated that till date 5313 villages in the State have been declared as child marriage free villages.
Sahoo has further informed that as per the decision of the State Government ‘Sishu Payein Dinatia’ programme (a day for the child) has been started from June 2021 in 20 districts and complaints have been received through the programme.