Bhubaneswar: National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has directed Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi to submit a probe report into minor girl pregnancy incidents at ashram schools within 30 days.
The Commission has also directed the State government to create awareness on POCSO Act.
The recent incidents of girls delivering baby and getting impregnated at the State-run SC and ST residential schools and fleeing the hostels have put the State Government in a fix.
On January 19, three minor girls, including two inmates of State-run residential schools, were found pregnant in different parts of the State, and another girl delivered a baby. The incidents came to fore in Dhenkanal, Kalahandi and Jajpur districts, barely a week after a 14-year-old girl of a residential school, run by ST and SC Development Department, delivered a baby in her hostel in Daringibadi in Kandhamal district. She had delivered the baby on January 12.
In Kalahandi district, a student of Class IX of Navodaya residential school in Narla area had reportedly become pregnant and was suspected of taking abortion pills.
In Jajpur district, a 15-year-old girl gave birth to a baby in Kalinga Nagar area on January 18 after she returned from a local court where she had been taken by police to record her statement, about her sexual assault by a man that led to her pregnancy.