Outstanding Judgement of Child Welfare Committee, Khurda of Odisha to ensure and enforce protection of Children- A Big Slap on the Face of Odisha Child Rights Commission
On 13.2.16, while disposing a Complaint Case No. 279/2016 filed by Pradip Pradhan, Odisha Soochana Adhikar Abhijan vs Principal of Bhubaneswar Model Public School @ Takshila School, N5/A, 1698, IRC Village, Bhubanneswar-15, District Child Welfare Committee, Khurda ( A Bench of Judicial Magistrate ( First Class) had issued order to so many authorities i.e, the Principal of the School, District Education Officer, Khurda, Director, CBSE, New Delhi, District Child Protection Officer, Khurda, Secretary, Department of School and Mass Education, Govt. of Odisha, to take immediate measures to get the two Children Suchismita Nayak and Srikant Auropratik restored back to Class-IX in the School and initiate legal action against the authority of the School as per section 17(1) of Right to Education Act and the school authority to be liable for punishment u/s 17 (2) of the Act and section 23 of Juvenile Justice ( Care and Protection of Children ) Act 2000. CBSE, New Delhi has also been directed to allow Srikant Auropratik of the School to register for HSC examination in 2016-17 academic year.
This Complaint Case was filed in CWC, Khurda in the backdrop of failure of Odisha Child Rights Commission to ensure justice to Srikant Auropratik, student of Class-IX who was tortured, physically harassed and forcibly driven out by the Principal of Bhubaneswar Model School. 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. OSCPCR registered the case (Case No.-810/15 ) on 4.11.15, initiated the enquiry and conducted hearing twice and remained silence for unknown period without giving any final decision. Even the Commission did not provide the proceedings of the hearing making it complete farce. Being pretty aware about unholy alliance between Odisha Child Rights Commission and the School Authority and the Commission working under the influence of vested groups, Sri Pradip Pradhan filed the case in Child Welfare Committee, Khurda on 9.1.2016 with prayer for immediate relief to the Children.
The Child Welfare Committee, Khurda has observed that both the Children Srikant and Suchismita are the victims of the wilful mental violence of the school authority and are compelled to be out of the school. The School Authority has wilfully neglected both the children which caused these children unnecessary mental suffering and caused Srikant physically suffering.
We are still waiting the order of Odisha Child Rights Commission which claims a competent authority to provide protection to the Children. The process has been initiated to monitor the functioning of Odisha Child Rights Commission through RTI which will be exposed very soon.