BHUBANESWAR: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has directed the District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police of Gautam Budh Nagar district in Uttar Pradesh to personally appear before the Commission on December 26 to explain their casual and callous attitude in dealing with the case of child rights activist Linkan Subudhi. An IT professional-turned social worker, Linkan was admitted to a hospital after the brutal attack on September 19, 2013 while she was trying to stop the marriage of Shaida Khatoon (15), a Class VIII student in a charitable school in Noida.
A native of Nayagarh district, Linkan had been residing in Noida since 2008 and was teaching the girl. She had reportedly helped her and managed to ward off a similar marriage in 2012. After the incident while she returned to Odisha and continued her activism in Bhubaneswar, Supreme Court lawyer and rights activist Radhakanta Tripathy had filed a petition in the NHRC seeking free medical treatment for her present medical complication, compensation and a job in the Odisha Government.