Just a few days after a government shelter home for girls in Bihar's Muzaffarpur landed itself in trouble after 40 minors had alleged rape and physical harassment, a shelter home in Uttar Pradesh's Deoria city is now being probed after 24 girls were rescued from there on Sunday (August 5).
The girls were rescued after an inmate, who escaped from the shelter home, approached the police and claimed that they were treated like servants. The cops are also investigating whether the children were sexually abused.
The shelter was already under the scanner of the CBI, after they found out that it was running illegally and even revoked their license.
"After CBI inspection last year, it was established that Deoria shelter home centre was running illegally without norms. A direction was issued to shift the inmates and shut it. But this order was not followed," ANI quoted Uttar Pradesh Women and Child Welfare Minister Rita Bahugana Joshi as saying on Monday (August 6).
"When the order to close this institution was made, our people went there and the organisation's director misbehaved with our team. On Sunday, after a girl escaped from there, we got to know the reality of that place," Deoria's superintendent of police Rohan P Kanay said.
"There have been many big disclosures during the investigation. 24 children have been rescued safely so far," he added.
The institution's director Girija Tripathi and her husband has also been taken into custody.
The Women and Child Welfare, which has been roped in to probe the matter said that strict action would be taken against the perpetrators. The Additional Director General (ADG) (Law and Order) Anand Kumar has said that the children will be sent for medical examination and efforts are being made to bring out the truth.
"The matter should be investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation and the High Court should monitor their investigation," said the CM.
Kumar even said that the allegations levelled against Bihar minister over her involvement in the sexual harassment of the girls are baseless.
If someone related to the Minister is involved, they won't be spared. But why is this issue being raised only now. We had called her&she denied any involvement. How is it justified to level baseless allegations?: Bihar CM on Bihar Minister Manju Verma #MuzaffarpurShelterHome pic.twitter.com/q5HqR9duU8— ANI (@ANI) August 6, 2018