Odisha

OHRC Seeks Report Over Four Home Guards Knelt Down In Baripada

**Bhubaneswar**: A day after photos of four Home Guards, including a woman, who were forced to kneel down by their senior in Baripada went viral and drew flak, the Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) on Thursday sought a report on it.

The OHRC has asked Mayurbhanj Superintendent of Police (SP) R Prakash and Director General of Home Guard, Binoy Behera, to submit their respective inquiry reports on the matter.

The rights body issued this direction acting on a petition filed by a Human Rights activist and has asked both to reply in four weeks.

Four Home Guards were asked to kneel down over dress code violation in Baripada of Mayurbhanj district on June 25.

Sources said Reserve Inspector Ashok Sethi meted out the punishment inside his office compound because the four personnel, who get Rs 220 a day for eight hours of work, were reportedly not in uniform when they turned up for duty.

Meanwhile, Mayurbhanj SP recorded the statements of the four Home Guards today.

In another related development, the Home Guard Association of Odisha met Mahila Commission to apprise about the incident.

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