Bhubaneswar, Feb 7: Taking suo moto cognizance the Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (OSCPCR) has registered a case of the Balangir minor girl who was held captive by a brick kiln owner in Telangana.
The OSCPCR has directed the officials concerned in the district to initiate inquiry into the case and inquiry report by February 16.
It has also directed to take action against the middleman and brick kiln owner.
The OSCPCR on Tuesday directed the officials - Balangir SP, labour officer, education officer, social security officer and child protection officer to look into rehabilitation of the girl and inclusion of her and her mother Laxmipriya’s names in sponsorship and other schemes of the state government.
Notably, late Kanhu Mallik of Sulekela village was working in the brick kiln since last year along with his wife and two daughters. Kanhu fell ill two months back and could not work any longer. As Kanhu had taken Rs 80,000 advance from the kiln owner, he held the minor girl captive and let the trio to return their village. Kanhu died of his illness last week.
Following media reports, the minor girl was rescued by the state’s Labour department and arrived at her village on Tuesday.