Incident of child selling is not new to Odisha. There were incidents in the poverty stricken KBK districts of Odisha where starving poor parents being unable to feed themselves and the child had sold their offspring under compulsion to make the child survive somehow. But the recent case of a Mother selling her child for material needs like Jeans and mobile phone throws many questions for the social thinkers of India to think upon.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Taking a step beyond just reaching the people, ‘Namaskar’ – the first purely community produced and managed newspaper – made its appearance in Konark as a 16 pager fortnightly tabloid on October 1, 2012. Under patronisation of Naseem Ahmed Shah Ansari, popularly Ansari, the chief functionary of Odisha’s first community radio centre ‘Radio Namaskar’, the newspaper is not just a newspaper, but a forum for the people of Gop block in Odisha’s Puri district as it empowers common people and the local community with the basic tools to do reporting for it, to do the editing and manage the newspaper.
A science post graduate of his time, the veteran revolutionary of Odisha Gananath Patra left his job as a lecturer and joined people's movements to protect the rights of the oppressed and downtrodden class of Odisha. From the anti-displacement movement in Baliapal to the kashipur movement and the kalinganagar movement against corporate conspiracy, Gananath Patra has been a common face to stand with the people fighting for their rights.
It’s hardly a week when a woman and a minor boy in two different parts of Odisha have been beaten and tonsured in public by some locals and three women have been forced to dip their hands in boiled water mixed with cow dung. The cases indicate how, for a few smaller reasons or, at times, for no reason, social rights and justice of people are threatened in Odisha.
According to various provisions of the Odisha Industrial Security Force Bill, 2012, the proposedIndustrial Security Forcepersonnel can arrest a person without any warrant and, even,without any order from a magistrate.The bill also empowers the forceto search a person or somebody’s house even without any warrant.