24 girls rescued and 18 inmates missing from UP shelter home

NC Network, New Delhi

Twenty-four girls were rescued from a shelter home from the Deoria distruct of Uttar Pradesh, and also three people were arrested after allegation of sexual exploitation of the inmates came to light on Monday. 

Eighteen inmates of the shelter are still missing.

Twenty-four girls were rescued on Sunday from the shelter home at station road in the name of Ma Vindhyawasini Mahila Prakishan Evam Samaj Sewa Sansthan, which has 42 inmates. 18 inmates are still missing. and it has been sealed by the police. 

This matter come in the backdrop of the alleged sexual abuse of young girls at a state-funded shelter home in Bihar's Muzaffarpur which led to a public outcry. Sexual abuse of 34 inmates out of 42 was confirmed in medical examination.

 UP Women and Child Development Minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi said, "The recognition of the NGO was revoked one year back and funds were stopped. We will probe how it was functioning till now and see who is responsible for this." 

The details of activities at this shelter home emerged when a 10-year-old girl managed to flee from there. She reached a woman police station and informed them about the plight of the inmates.

The girl alleged that, "Many times white, black and red cars used to come and take away the girls. When the returned in the morning, they used to cry." 

The young girl told the police that around 4 pm every day some people came and took away some girls along with the manager with them, said SP Deoria.

The 10-year-old girl belongs to Bihar's Bettiah city and she also told the police that she escaped because of heavy work load.
Girija Tripathi and her husband Mohan Tripathi, are operater of the  shelter home superintendent Kanchanlata is the supritendent. All three of them were arrested. The SP Deoria has been directed by the UP Police Headquarters in Lucknow to take stern action against the culprits.

ADG Law and Order Anand Kumar said in Lucknow that, "The entire matter will be investigated and the local administration is already taking action. The Women and Child Development Department is also coordinating. The inquiry will be done under proper legal procedure." 
The medical test of the children would be made by a woman doctor and the statement recorded before a magistrate.

The registration of the shelter home was suspended in June 2017 on the report of irregularities found by the CBI and the administration gave an order to shift all the inmates from there SP said. "But the manager was running the home and told us that the high court has given a stay. When she was not able to show the court order, the administration sent a team to the shelter home to shift the girls but the manager did not cooperate," he added. 
A case has been registered against Kanchanlata and Girija Tripathi under section 353 of the IPC (Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of duty).

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