LAXMI PANDEY AND HER FAMILY

“Two years of struggle for a hostel life from the capitals footpath life”.

We had to struggle for the last two years to rescue four siblings living in Bhubaneswar master canteen railway station name viz: Laxmi Pandey, Subha Pandey, Omm Pandey, Som Pandey from a life of footpath and give them a social life in a hostel. When we saw these children in January 2017, we first enrolled Laxmi Pandey in class 1 at the nearby NAC colony primary school and later Subha Pandey and Omm Pandey in the same school. The father of these children, Sankar Pandey is a man of criminal mentality and for this, he went to jail several times and always came out within 10 to 30 days. What will these children learn from such a person and environment of the station’s footpath? We wrote an application to the “Additional district project coordinator” of the school and mass education department sarba-sikhya-abhijan , Khurdha, and to the “Additional district child welfare committee” department of the child and women development. These officers used to tell us that they had parents so they should not go to any hostel and also the above officers saying us that the children who are living at the station or in any footpath are not fit for any government hostel as there are so many such types of children. In the month of September 2020, Sankar Pandey fatally attacked his wife Sanju Pandey with a big stone. So we lodged an FIR against Sankar Pandey to send him into police custody and continued the treatment of Sanju Pandey. We also kept the four children in a safe hostel in the child welfare committee, Khurdha with legal help. These officers knew that these girls get pregnant and boys become criminals at the age of 14-15 when they are living at the footpath of the railway stations. For those officials, who are trying to avoid our produced children, we have one question that if there is so much of systematic greediness for our children who have identities, then when the government will reach the unidentified children.

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