Family case number -51: Laxmi Pandey family

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Family members:

01-Laxmi Pandey

02-Sankar Pandey(father)

03-Sanju Pandey(mother)

04-Omm Pandey(brother)

05-Subha Pandey(sister)

06-Som Pandey(brother)

We had to struggle for two years to rescue 4 siblings living in master canteen railway station, Bhubaneswar i.e 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 at master canteen area in January 2017 ,we first enrolled Laxmi in class-I at the nearby NAC colony primary school and later Subha and Omm in the same school. The father of these children ,Sankar Pandey is a man of criminal mentality and for this he had been jailed several times.

What will these these children learn from such a criminal mentality person and other antisocial lifestyle of the station’s footpath ?

Therefore we had written to the “Additional district project coordinator” of the school and mass education department Sarba Sikhya Abhijan ,Khordha and to the “Additional district child welfare committee” department of the child and women development. These officers used to tell us that these kids have their parents and so they can not go to any hostel. Also the officers told us that the children who are living at railway station or any other footpaths are not fit for any government hostel as there are so many such type 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 him, and he went to jail while we continue the treatment of Sanju Pandey. We also kept the four children in a safe hostel with more request and legal pressure on the child welfare committee, Khordha .

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