Bhubaneswar: Expressing grave concerns while raising the shocking issue of pregnancy of a minor girl in the State-run SC/ST residential school in the capital city here, Opposition in Odisha Assembly today demanded stringent action against the culprits as well as habitual offenders taking undue advantage of the gullible girl students.
Soon after the Question & Answer Hour today, Congress Legislature Party leader Narasingha Mishra raised the issue in Zero Hour and demanded that Speaker Surya Narayan Patro should direct the State Government to ensure an impartial and fair probe into the incident of Bhubaneswar-based ST&SC Residential School.
Mishra also demanded that the probe should be completed soon and the report must be tabled in the House by July 12.
He also stated that initial medical reports claimed that four girls have tested positive while three of them surprisingly tested negative in another check-up.
Later in his media reactions, Leader of Opposition Pradipta Naik said, “Three tribal girls of a school were reported to be positive. When there was the second test, it was discovered to be negative. Let the State Government try to save the pride and prestige of the girls. Also by discussing on this issue, we are also damaging the future of the girls.”
“But, it is vital to state here that the perpetrators of the crime should be dealt with stringently. Strict action should be fully taken against the persons involved in this crime,” he demanded.
In his media reactions, senior Congress MLA Tara Prasad Bahinipati said, “Minor girls are unsafe in Odisha. Even in this capital city, four girls have been reported to be pregnant. Starting from Nabarangpur to Kandhamal, Malkangiri, Nandapur in Koraput district, hundreds of minor girls are reported to be pregnant like this case. We demand stringent action against the culprits.”
“Every day there has been 7 rapes in the State, but only one culprit is punished in a year. The culprits-cum-rapists are habitual offenders and are least bothered about,” the Congress lawmaker fumed.
Notably, the House today witnessed uproarious scenes as the Congress members created ruckus over the pregnancy of tribal girls in a government-run SC/ST residential school in Bhubaneswar. The Speaker was bound down to adjourn the House for 10 minutes amid the din.
Later on, the Speaker directed the ST & SC Minister Jagannath Sarka to make a statement on the issue in the House.