The Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) on Tuesday directed the State government to pay compensation of Rs 1 lakh each to the families of two school children who died on their respective school premises last year under unsafe circumstances.

While Rakesh Sethy died in a Khurda school when a boundary wall of a government concern gave in, a 13-year-old school girl—Swarnalata Rout of Jajpur district died on the spot when the school main gate collapsed on her.

Taking up these two unfortunate incidents, social activists and advocate Prabir Das had approached the State Human Rights Commission urging the Commission to direct the State government to adequately compensate the families of the victims.

Deciding the matters separately, the Commission directed the secretary of rural development to pay a damage of Rs one lakh to the family of Sethy and the school and mass education secretary was also directed to pay an equal amount to the

family of Rout, informed the petitioner advocate Prabir Das.