Bhubaneswar, Sept 18 (LocalWire): Responding to the alleged dumping of a minor girl’s body in the garbage yard, Orissa Human Rights Commission today issued notices to Bolangir municipality authorities and directed the executive officer of the civic body to appear in person before the panel.
The body of the minor had been retrieved from the garbage dump in Bolangir town on 25 May, 2016 by a local civil society groups.
The railway police had retrieved the body lying in a pool of blood on the rail tracks.
Incidentally, the victim had been murdered by her father in an act of honour killing as she had eloped with a man from the lower caste.
As the father was arrested for the murder, the railway police had handed over the body to the urban local body for cremation.
However, the civic body staffs, instead of performing the last rites, threw the body in the garbage dump.
The group members recovered the mutilated body as stray dogs had eaten it, the petition by rights activist Biswapriya Kanungo said.
The dead have the right for decent burial as per legal provisions.
But the civic body denied it to the poor victim, the petition stated.
OHRC, expressing deep anguish over the unsavory episode, directed the executive officer, Bolangir Municipality, to appear in person on 10 October, Kanungo said.