A baby delivered by a 14-year-old girl at a tribal residential school's hostel in Odisha's Khandamal district died at a hospital where she was admitted along with her mother, officials said Monday.
The girl, a Class 8 student of the Sevashram High School in Daringibadi in the district, delivered the baby on Saturday night.
On Monday, the Odisha government suspended the school's headmistress Radharani Dalei and three assistant superintendents of the institution in connection with the incident.Police are also questioning six employees of the school.
Later on Sunday night, they were shifted to the MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur where the newborn died, hospital authorities said.
She was suspended by the state government on the recommendation of the district collector, who, on Sunday, disengaged two matrons, two cook-cum-attendants, a lady supervisor and an auxiliary nurse-midwife of the institute from service for dereliction of duty.
The three assistant superintendents were also suspended by the collector, Mallick said.
On Sunday, police had said a third-year college student -- a resident of Takalmaha village -- was arrested in connection with the incident.
Superintendent of Police, Khandamal, Pratik Singh had said Shraban Pradhan was arrested for allegedly raping the minor girl when she had gone to her village under Daringbadi police limits during vacation a few months back.
"As per the direction of the government we have taken stringent steps against the errant (employees). If necessary further action will be taken," Collector Brundha D said.
The government has taken stern action against errant employees of the high school run by ST and SC development department by dismissing and suspending several of them, he said.
Majhi said it has been decided to install CCTV cameras in school hostels in the state as a measure to enhance safety and security of students, particularly girls.
Terming the incident as shameful, she said "it proved that the BJD government had failed miserably to provide security to girls and women, mainly tribals."
Slamming the state government over the episode, BJP leader and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said atrocities and sexual exploitation of women and minor girls are rising in Odisha due to lack of political will and inaction on the part of the police.
Soon after news about the incident spread Sunday, a large number of locals had staged a demonstration and put up a blockade on the National Highway 59 demanding immediate arrest of the culprit and stern action against school officials.
The road blockade was lifted after senior officials assured the locals of action.
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