National Rights panel laments Odisha’s poor infrastructure
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has directed Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi to take necessary action in providing proper infrastructure for the Child Welfare Committees (CWCs) and rehabilitation measures as required for welfare of the victims of sexual assaults.
Acting on a petition filed by rights campaigner Subash Mohapatra of the Global Human Rights Communications, the apex human rights watchdog recently lamented the State for lack of infrastructure for rehabilitation for victims of sexual assaults.
The order came up while hearing a case where a girl student of an Upper Primary School was raped by one Biti Saha, Hindi teacher of Saraswati Brajbihari School in Kalahandi district in 2013.
The apex human right body found, “No information was furnished as to the commencement of the trial. No information was also furnished as to the counseling of the victim girl and the steps taken for her psychological rehabilitation.”
“In absence of such counseling, the trauma of assault might continue in the mind of the child for rest of her life. But if there would be unsatisfactory working of the Child Welfare Committee Committees owing to lack of infrastructure, it was the duty of the State to do the needful. Apart from that mental health professionals should be involved in the follow-up care to the victim in view of the emergence of certain psychiatric disorders in such victims. The said professionals should provide individual counseling, family therapy and suggest the pattern of rehabilitation,” the NHRC observed. As nothing of the sorts provided to the victim, the rights body directed the CS to look into these aspects and take necessary action.
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