Raipur: Opposition Congress on Thursday staged a walkout from the Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly while accusing the state government of its "failure" to ensure security of girl inmates of the state-run residential schools and hostels.
Congress MLA Shankar Dhruva raised the issue of the rape of minor tribal girls in a government-run residential school at Jhaliyamari village in Kanker district in January 2013, during the Question Hour.
He sought to know whether the committee constituted by the state government to probe the incident has submitted its report. "...If yes, then what action is taken against the accused in this connection," Dhruva questioned.
He also asked about the compensation paid to the victims.
In his reply, Tribal Development Minister Kedar Kashyap said a committee headed by Kanker district collector was directed to investigate the incident.
"The action was taken against the accused in the case and also against the government officials who were found guilty of dereliction of duty," Kashyap said.
He said as part of the compensation, the state has deposited Rs 2 lakh in the fixed deposit of each of the 15 victims, while an amount of Rs 60,000 was given to them under the Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Caste (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1995.
"Besides, under the Victim Compensation Scheme, Rs 1.05 crore also allocated to Kanker`s collector to disburse it among the victims," Kashyap added.
Senior Congress MLA Satynarayan Sharma questioned why a state-level committee was not formed to probe such a serious incident. "The victims were yet to get the compensation amount of 1.05 core," he alleged.
Citing involvement of husbands of certain female employees in sexual exploitation of inmates in several incidents, Leader of Opposition TS Singhdeo demanded that spouses of female employees of residential schools or hostels should not be allowed to stay with them within the premises.
Replying to this, Kashyap said the process was underway to shift male employees and officials from such residential schools and hostels meant for girls.
"At several places husbands of the women employees were staying but they are not allowed to enter into the hostel premises," he added.
"Appointing only women employees at such premises is not going to prevent these incidents, what is also needed is the awareness among people," Kashyap said.
However, unsatisfied over his reply, Congress members staged a walkout blaming the state government for its "failure" in ensuring safety of girl students.