Civil Society Groups urged to Governor to enquire into Mal-functioning of Odisha Child Rights Commission acting as Broker of Private Schools and initiate legal action against them
On 19.2.16, Members of Civil Society Groups working for protection of Child Rights in Odisha submitted memorandum to Governor, Odisha demanding inquiry into alleged unholy alliance of Odisha Child Rights Commission with Private English-medium School to destroy the academic career of Children.
In the memorandum, it has been alleged that though section 13,14, and 15 of the Commissions for Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005 empowers the Commission to enquire into violation of child rights suo noto or inquire into complaint relating to deprivation, torture and non-implementation of laws providing for protection and development of the children and initiate proceedings accordingly, Odisha Child Rights Commission remained as mute spectator and utterly failed to discharge their duties in a complaint case filed with regard to deprivation of a student of Class-IX of Bhubaneswar Model School ( Takshila School) to get education.
Srikant Auropratik, a Class-9 student was physically tortured, humiliated and mentally harassed ( scolding and misbehaving) by the authority of Takshashila Model School, IRC Village, Nayapalli, Bhubaneswar and suddenly dropped to Class-VIII in the middle of the year on the ground of bad performance. When the parents asked for Progress Report of the child, the authority of the school continued to ignore their request. The parents were also threatened to take back to other schools without citing any ground. Though the parents appraised the authority that “no school was ready to take student in mid-session as CBSE registration has completed”, the authority remained adamant and asked the parents to take the children back. Ultimately, Srikant Auropratik was humiliated and suffered from mental depression and forced to leave the school on 29.10.15.
On 3.11.15, the Parents approached the Odisha Child Rights Commission by filling complaints levelling details of allegation, mental torture and harassment caused to their son and seeking quick justice for their child. Ms. Rajalaxmi Das, Member, OSCPCR registered the case (Case No.-810/15 ) on 4.11.15 and initiated the enquiry. Though 3 months passed, the Commission neither passed any interim direction nor any direction to the Private School. The academic career of the child got destroyed.
The Civil Society Groups have also alleged that due to nexus of the Commission with the School authority, Ms. Rajalaxmi Das tried to protect the school at the cost of the interest of the Child. As the members of OSCPCR have got appointment due to their close proximity with Ruling political party, they are working at their behest, not as a statutory body to enforce right of the children.
It was clearly evident during hearing of the case when the Commission refused to complainant-parents to entertain their representative to plead the case. But astonishingly, the Commission entertained a number of representatives of the School to plead the case.
We are hopeful that Hon’ble Governor, Odisha will no doubt give justice to us.
Pradip Pradhan Date- 20.2.16