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Telegraphic Add: HUMANRIGHTS
Case No. 4149/18/2/2014
THE DISTRICT MAGISTRATE
Whereas the Complaint/Intimation dated 01/10/2014 recieved from SUO-MOTU, SUDHIR
MISHRA, JOURNALIST, THE PIONEER in respect of DASARATH PARABHUE was placed
before the Commission on 14/10/2014.
And Whereas upon persuing the Complaint the Commission has passed the Following order:
The Commission has come across a distressing report published in English Newspaper "The
Pioneer" dated 30/09/2014 captioned "Seven year old boy sacrificed in Balangir". According to
the newspaper report, referred by Shri Sudhir Mishra, Journalist, in yet another superstition
driven inhuman act, a seven year old male child was sacrificed in Jhalapadar village under
Bangomunda police station in Bolangir District of Odisha on 26th September, 2014. It was
reported that the accused Bankanidhi Behera had lured the victim Dasarath Parabhue aged 7
years to catch a hen, took him away and killed him. The accused was advised by a sorcerer to
offer a child to a godess for preventing further illness. The body of the deceased was found on a
village pond with his tongue cut. The contents of the press report, if true, raise a serious issue of
violation of human rights of the victim child. Issue notice to the District Magistrate and Senior
Superintendent of Police, Bolangir, Odisha, calling for a factual report within two weeks.
Now therefore take notice that you are required to submit the requested information / Report
within from the date of reciept of this notice.
Take further notice that in default the Commission may proceed to take such action as it deems
Given under my hand and seal of the Commission this the day of 10/18/2014.
ASSISTANT REGISTRAR (LAW)
Encl: Copy of the Complaint