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Violations in News
Important Judgements/Orders
NHRIs/SHRIs in News
Case Updates
Meetings & Workshops
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We are pleased to bring out the fifth issue of this year’s CSFHR electronic newsletter. The newsletter is a small effort to share information and experiences of the HRDs related to Odisha Human rights movement.  This edition will familiarize you with the regular features and activities of CSFHR during the last month.

We take this opportunity to express our heartfelt thanks to all our associates, supporters and well wishers for their constant support and inspiration. We look forward to your valuable feedbacks on the newsletter. We also welcome articles on Human rights issues from our readers to be published in the newsletter.

WE wish you a happy reading!

Violations in News

Woman gets pregnant after tubectomy

One more incident of faulty tubectomy surgery, a tribal woman belonging to Baida in the block of Phulbani district conceived even after undergoing that surgical interference. Currently she is seven-months pregnant. The identified woman has four children underwent  surgery at the district headquarters hospital last year, is now suffering from anaemia, malnutrition and severe pain in her abdomen. Due to extreme financial stringency, she cannot undergo proper treatment for her ailments and her husband being a daily wager he is unable to meet the daily family requirements and the cost of treatment of his wife. . After surgery the fear of getting pregnant again vanished, but after few days of surgery she experienced severe pain in her abdomen and went for treatment several times but she was never aware that she was pregnant. When she came to know the matter, she was already in an advanced stage of pregnancy.

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2-year-old dies due to ‘medical negligence

This is another incident of alleged medical negligence, a two-year-old boy died at the district headquarters hospital (DHH) as the on-duty doctor refused to attend to the baby who was put on oxygen and battling for his life. The parents got him examined by a doctor at the DHH and returned home after taking the prescribed medicines. However, the baby’s condition worsened and the worried parents brought him to the hospital again the next day. The couple pleaded the doctor present in the hospital twice to examine the baby but the doctor straightway refused to administer treatment to the ailing boy. And the baby was in extreme pain and died after battling for life sans any medical treatment. The inconsolable couple alleged that the doctor left the place after their son’s death without saying a word. . Incidentally, the parents of the boy don’t know the name of the doctor. The other staffers of the hospital also refused to disclose it.

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Anganwadi kids served rotten eggs

Rotten eggs and substandard food served to children in several Anganwadi centres under Nayagarh district has brought heavy resentment from the local residents. In Jhadpada Anganwadi centre in Mayurajhalia gram panchayat, when the villagers were informed that the children were given rotten eggs at the centre, they reached the centre and seized the eggs. The villagers immediately apprised the Ranpur child development project officer (CDPO) of the matter, but she allegedly did not act on their complaint. When contacted, CDPO Brahmatri Mishra said she was unaware of the matter. The villagers had taken up the matter with the authorities concerned on several occasions, but in vain. A total of 318 Anganwadi centres are running in the block, but the children have been deprived of nutritious food as prescribed by norms which mandate each child should be given nutritious food along with eight boiled eggs per month.

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15 minor girls rescued, four arrested for trafficking in Odisha

Four persons, including three women, were arrested by Government Railway Police for allegedly trafficking 15 minor girls to Andhra Pradesh with promise of jobs. While six of the minor girls belonged to Dhenkanal district, four were from Cuttack and five from Kandhamal. The rescued girls were put in the shelter house of the Childline here as per the direction of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) Ganjam. "Medical test will be conducted and the girls will be handed over to their parents after consultation with their respective district administrations for their proper rehabilitation. The main trafficker was suspected to have escaped from the spot.

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Important Judgements/ Orders/ Observations

Sexual torture of minor girl: Two officers dismissed in Odisha

Taking suo motu cognizance of media reports on the allegations made by a minor girl that she was sexually exploited in two different short stay homes in Baleswar district, Odisha, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) conducted investigations into the matter and on finding truth in the allegations directed Baleswar collector for necessary action.  The Collector of Odisha’s Baleswar district dismissed the District Child Protection Officer (DCPO) and Programme Officer (PO) in connection with the alleged sexual exploitation.

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NHRC directs Health Ministry: Constitute monitoring body to check misuse of Diclofenac

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has directed to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to constitute a committee for monitoring the misuse of banned drugs Diclofenac in animal use across the country. Acting on a complaint of Odisha based rights activist Akhand, the Commission also orders the ministry to direct the all state Governments to keep watch and take steps for strict implementation of the directions in the regards. In last may, NHRC had taken cognizance over the misuse of banned drugs 'Dicolfenac', a livestock painkiller and a killer of vultures in the country. The Commission had directed Secretary of health & family welfare to submit their reply in the matter with in four weeks.

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NHRC sought report from Odisha Govt. over Caesarean death in Burla

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has slapped a notice to health department of Odisha over death of three pregnant women in VSS Medical College and Hospital in Burla last month. Acting on the complaint of rights activist of Akhand, the Commission has directed to the secretary of health and family welfare to submit report in the matter within two weeks. Three pregnant women had died at the VSS Medical College and Hospital in Burla hours after they went through Caesarean section April 10. The doctors sought to pass the buck, saying the medicines provided by the government had side effects.

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Firing on Odisha anti-liquor activists: NHRC orders action

The NHRC has ordered action against Odisha Police officials responsible for firing on villagers protesting against a liquor shop in Kendrapada district in March this year.Acting on the complaint of human rights activist Akhand, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has ordered the Kendrapada Superintendent of Police (SP) to take appropriate action within 8 weeks and inform the complainant about it.

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Odisha Custodial Death: Intervention of NHRC sought

Rights activists have sought the intervention of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Custodial death in Ganjam’s Jagannath prasad police station on June 9.  Akhand, rights campaigner and Working group member of Bhubaneswar based rights body Civil Society Forum on Human Rights (CSFHR), has submitted a petition to NHRC seeking a high level probe in the death ofGourahari Swain (40) of Patadhar village.

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NHRIs/SHRIs in News

National Human Rights Commission’s month long summer internship programme concludes

A month long summer internship programme held by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) concluded in New Delhi on Friday.The internship had begun on May 28, with 48 students of different colleges and universities from various parts of the country participating.

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300 Women from 15 Villages attend Workshop on Women Empowerment

With the objective of empowering women to take charge of their lives and take responsibility for society, a workshop for over 300 women from the economically disadvantaged fifteen villages was organised at Sri Sri University Campus. The workshop was a joint initiative by the Centre for Social Outreach, Sri Sri University, Faculty of Good Governance and Public Policy in collaboration with the Odisha State Commission for Women (OSCW).

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Cabinet may give nod for more teeth to NCW

The National Commission for Women (NCW), charged with protecting women rights, could soon be granted powers of a civil court to investigate summon and penalize. The bill could be taken up by the Union Cabinet next week with the women and child development (WCD) ministry keen on bringing the legislation in the monsoon session of Parliament.

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Bring acid attack survivors under Disability Act: National Commission for Women

The National Commission for Women (NCW) chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam on Monday supported the proposal of bringing acid attack survivors under the Disability Act cover so as to provide them privileges in jobs and education. Kumaramangalam also stressed on the need to introduce stringent laws to stop acid attacks and implementation of existing laws to combat the heinous crime.

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Case Updates
  • As many as 51 people including minor students, teacher was arrested by police on 19 April midnight from Gualipada village under Delanga Police limits. The arrest was made two days after some people set on fire a coach of the Puri-Barbil Express train at Delanga railway station and ransacked the station on April 17 following the death of a local boy who fell from a running train. Police had also registered fake case against one Journalist who was covering the train mishap. Police has arrested the innocent villagers who have no role in train burning incident. Even Police have raided many houses forcefully without warrant form a court.Acting on a compliant of rights activist Akhand, the National Human Rights Commission has directed the SP to file the report with four weeks. Forces misbehaved women and girls while dragging the innocent villagers form village, alleged Akhand. He demands for withdrawal of cases against innocent.

  • In response to a petition filed by rights activist Akhand demanding action against the people involved in a case where a Poverty-stricken Dalit youth of Kandhamal parted with his kidney for money. The Commission has directed the Collector and the SP of Kandhamal to file their reports within four weeks and directed to the Government to take strong steps to prevent such illegalities. The State Government has also ordered a Crime Branch probe into the incident.It has been reported that Kanhu Behera (20) had sold one of his kidneys to a man in Brahmapur for Rs 3.5 lakh in April this year. The kidney transplant had been done at a hospital in Sri Lanka. Kanhu has himself admitted to have sold his organ for money to construct a house. The only son of a daily wage earner Barun Behera of Harijan Sahi of Phulbani of Kandhamal district, he did odd jobs to help his father run the family since his family has no BPL card nor provided with any government assistance.
Meeting & Workshops
Preparatory meeting for people’s SAARC in Odisha

A preparatory meeting was organized by members of civil society organisation at CYSD on 25th May 2015. The objective of the meeting was to bring the issues and concerns of Odisha to the notice of People’s SAARC, identify with and join the initiative. People’s SAARC (PSAARC) is an initiative of several people’s movements, trade unions, academics, progressive individuals and NGOs who, recognising the limitations and mandate of the SAARC process, initiated a People’s SAARC process in 2007 in New Delhi. A State level convention on People’s SAARC was decided to be organised in the month of August 2015. In the meeting a tentative list of persons to be invited, was listed out. A decision was taken to organise another preparatory meeting with all Civil Society members before the convention The list includes people working on different thematic areas, intellectuals, members of Peoples movement and also a list of probable participants for the convention was prepared.


State Level Convention on Law and Practices in Appointment of Members in Statutory Human Right Institutions

A One day State level Convention on Law and Practices in Appointment of members in Statutory Human Rights Institutions was organised at Red Cross Bhawan on 17th May 2015. The main objectives of the meeting were to have a discussion on the Laws and Practices in the appointment process of the members in the Statutory Human Rights Institutions and the ways to modify the related Laws and Acts.

The panellist present in the convention were Mr. Chita Behera, an eminent Social Scientist, Mr Anand Rao, an activist working for the disabled persons, Mr. Pradeep Pradhan, an RTI activist, Ms. Mamata Samantaray, a women rights activist and Adv. Chandranath Dani. Different Panellists shared their views on the appointment process of members in the different Statutory Human Right Institutions, like Mr. Chita Behera shared his views relating to Odisha Human Right Commission, Mr. Ananda Rao, shared his views relating to the appointment process on Disability Commission. He highlighted the eligibility criteria of the applicant for the Disability Commission and also stated that neither the experience nor the qualification is taken into account while selecting the commissioner. Mr. Pradeep Pradhan shared his experience about Odisha Information Commission and the struggle for transparency in the appointment process. Mr. Mamata Samantaray also stated that in the women commission, appointment of chairperson and the members is not done according to eligibility criteria and some terms are also not defined clearly in the Act.  Adv. Chandranath Dani gave a brief idea on the appointment process of Odisha State Commission for the protection of Child Rights.

The different Suggestions that came out after the Open House Discussion were:

  • A Booklet will be compiled on the different Act relating to the appointment process of different Human Right Institutions.
  • Modification in the Act is needed and a campaign will be organized, to modify the laws wherever necessary taking Lokpal act as a Model so that there can be transparency.
  • Another Booklet will be published on the different Human right Institutions in the State.
  • Laws and Act of the different Commissions will be analysed and necessary change needed will be campaigned for.
  • 90 percent of the retired high rank bureaucrats are getting dual benefits after their retirement. They are getting the benefits of pensions and also take the privilege to work as consultant holding some important posts.