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NHRC TAKES NOTE OF ‘PIONEER’ STORY, SEEKS REPORT Monday, 20 October 2014 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

NHRC TAKES NOTE OF ‘PIONEER’ STORY, SEEKS REPORT
Monday, 20 October 2014 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
 The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Saturday took suo motu cognizance of the very distressing news that a seven-year-old boy was sacrificed in Balangir on basis of a report published in The Pioneer and ordered the Balangir district Collector to submit a factual report within two weeks.
According to the newspaper report, in yet another superstition driven inhuman act, the child was sacrificed at Jhalapadar village under the Bangomunda police station in Balangir district on September 26, 2014.
It was further reported that the accused Bankanidhi Behera had lured the victim boy Dasarath Parabhue to catch a hen, took him away and killed him as he had been advised by a sorcerer to offer a child to a goddess so that he did not suffer from further illness. The body of the deceased was found in a village pond with his tongue sliced.
“The contents of the press report, if true, raise a serious issue of violation of human rights of the victim child,” observed the NHRC in its order.
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