BALASORE : The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued final reminder to Bhadrak district administration over the gangrape of a minor girl in the office of the Child Development Project Officer (CDPO) on a holiday.
The direction from the NHRC came after the district administration failed to ensure justice to the victim. The trial court also let off both the accused following a so-called mutual understanding between them and the father of the victim.
On March 24 last year, the girl, who had appeared at the Class X examination in Haramani High School, was raped by an employee and his friend in the office of the CDPO in Bhandaripokhari block.
The NHRC intervened in the case following a petition filed by human rights campaigner Radhakanta Tripathy. Earlier, the NHRC had sought an action taken report (ATR) from the Collector and SP of the district.
The report submitted by the SP stated the accused forcibly took the girl to the office room and committed rape.
On the complaint of the victim, a case under Section 376(G) and 506 of IPC was registered at Bhandaripokhari police station.
The case was pending investigation after arrest of both the accused.
In his petition, Tripathy stated that the victim was neither paid any compensation nor provided psycho-social counselling for the trauma.
Pursuant to the directions of the Commission, Bhadrak Collector had also forwarded a joint report of District Child Protection Officer and DSP.