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Minor delivers baby in tribal residential school hostel, six employees disengaged

Press Trust of India  |  Phulbani/Bhubaneswar 

A minor student of a state-run tribal residential school in Odisha's district has given birth in her hostel, following which six of its employees were 'disengaged', officials said on Sunday.

The 14-year-old girl, a student of class eight, delivered a baby girl in the school hostel on Saturday night, District Welfare Officer (DWO) Charulata Mallick said.

The school, Seva Ashram High School, at Daringbadi in district is run by the tribal and rural development department of

The student and her new born were on Sunday admitted to Phulbani sub-divisional hospital. Doctors said their condition was normal.

With the government facing sharp criticism from the opposition over the incident, said the had been asked to probe the incident and submit a detailed report on the circumstances under which the girl got pregnant and delivered the baby.

"The government has taken a serious view of the incident," he said in Bhubaneswar.

Stringent action would be taken against those responsible. The police are also investigating the matter, he added.

Mallick said a third year student of Daringbadi College, who is a resident of Takalmaha village, has been arrested in connection with the incident.

D Brunda said two matrons, two cook-cum-attendants, a of the institute were disengaged from service for dereliction of duty.

The government has also recommended suspending the on the same charges, Brunda said.

"As per the direction of the government we have taken stringent steps against the errant (employees) and already submitted the investigation reports to it," the said.

The girl on Sunday alleged that soon after she delivered the baby, the two were driven out of the hostel, forcing her to take shelter in a nearby jungle.

The two were traced by Mallick and the local police on Sunday morning and taken to hospital.

The police were informed by the locals, who also staged a demonstration and put up a blockade on 59 demanding immediate arrest of the culprit and stern action against the and the hostel warden.

The road blockade was lifted after senior officials reassured the locals.

Mallick, who visited the school, said a police team interrogated several people, including the

Opposition and BJP launched a scathing attack on the over the incident.

of state women's wing Sumitra Jena demanded Majhi's resignation and said the incident proved that the BJD government had failed to provide security to girls and women.

alleged the was not concerned about women and girls, particularly those belonging to tribal communities.

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First Published: Sun, January 13 2019. 18:55 IST