Mega Expose through RTI about Ominous Silence of Odisha Child Rights Commission to pass any order to protect the right of a child studying in Takshila School (Bhubaneswar Model Public School)
Let me recall you that a Child named Sri Srikant Auropratik Class-IX student of Bhubaneswar Model Public School, Plot No- N 5/A, 1697, IRC village, Bhubaneswar was physically harassed and mentally tortured by the school authority and ultimately driven out from the school citing no justified reason. The parents in their pursuit to get justice filed complaint in Odisha Child Rights Commission on 3.11.15. The Commission registered the case No. 810/15 on 4.11.15 and started enquiry into it without giving any order to the School Authority to admit the school which is the primary responsibility of the Commission to ensure and enforce it. It is needless to mention here that in another complaint case filed on same day, the Commission ordered to Sai International School to admit the child who was driven out autocratically and arbitrarily by the School Authority.
However, the Commission conducted orchestrated hearing thrice with ulterior motive to protect the school authority at the cost of the interest of the child. At the primary stage, the Commission was found projecting herself as very serious to protect the child. But later on the role of the Commission was found dubious, when the Commission declined to pass any order and continued to postpone the hearing from 28th Dec. 2015. The Commission staged melodrama in the name of hearing to buy time and dilute the case.
In the meantime, RTI Application was submitted to the CPIO, Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi seeking information details of affiliation granted to Takshila School and period of affiliation. In response to RTI Application, the CPIO on dated 9.2.16 provided the information that only provisional affiliation for Secondary School examination was granted from 1.4.2012 to 31.3.2015. No further affiliation has been granted to the said school. As the School has lost the affiliation of CBSE, it can not legally conduct any examination for secondary Classes. To avoid this legal complexity, the authority has ousted two children from Class-IX and threatening others to leave the Class-IX. Similarly, the School has also not applied for Certificate of Recognition from Govt. of Odisha since last three years. To obtain Certificate of Recognition is mandatory under section 18 of Right to Education Act. These facts were presented to the Child Rights Commission by the parents of Srikant Auropratik during hearing of the case. But astonishingly, the two members of the Commission simply turned their blind eye to the fact-sheet and conspired to discourage the parents fighting the case. Though the parents pleaded several times to engage their representative to fight out the case, the Commission expressed their anger and remained adamant not to allow the representative even going against the spirit of judicial decorum of the country.
Last but not least, I appeal the Civil Society Groups to be very cautious and careful about the functioning of Odisha Child Rights Commission.