Bhubaneswar: Two teachers of a tribal welfare school in Odisha were arrested after a class six student delivered a baby in its hostel, police said on Monday.
The headmaster and hostel superintendent were arrested on Sunday for negligence of duty, not informing the administration about the incident and trying to suppress the matter, said Jeypore sub-divisional police officer Rajendra Senapati.
The tribal girl from Umuri Ashram School, a state-run residential school for SC and ST students, in Jeypore, block of Koraput district 500 km from Bhubaneswar, delivered a baby on February 4.
When the school authorities came to know about this, they took the baby and the minor mother in a jeep to her village in Upperkendi, under the jurisdiction of Semiliguda police, and left them with her parents.
After the district administration came to know about the incident, the welfare extension officer of Jeypore block informed Jeypore police on Sunday.
After the preliminary investigation, the police arrested school headmaster Kailash Verma and hostel superintendent Sabita Guru.
This is the second incident in the state in the last two weeks. A class ten girl of a residential high school at Lingagada in Kandhamal district had delivered a baby in her hostel January 23. Police had arrested a man, Sukanta Pradhan, who allegedly got her pregnant.