Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

UP Shelter Home Abuse: Minister Rita Joshi Admits Laxity By Officials

UP Shelter Home Abuse: Minister Rita Joshi Admits Laxity By Officials

Amidst all the news that has been coming in from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh about shelter homes being shut down because of the nefarious activities, there is one story of a fearless 10-year-old who saved not just herself but 24 other girls from Ma Vindhyawasini Mahila Prakishan Evam Samaj Sewa Sansthan, a women's shelter home in Deoria, east Uttar Pradesh. Eighteen are still missing.

"We are doing unbiased probe in the matter and those found guilty will not be spared".

Supreme Court has taken suo moto cognizance of the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual abuse case and had issued notices to the state government and Union Ministry of Women and Child Development. BSP chief Mayawati said the law and order situation had deteriorated in the BJPruled states and added that crime of such magnitude would not have been possible without government protection.

Meanwhile, Amicus Curiae told the court that no compensation paid to alleged victims of sexual assaults at Muzaffarpur shelter home.

Reportedly, out of the registered 42 inmates of the facility, only 24 were found.

In all, sexual abuse of 34 inmates out of 42 was confirmed in their medical examination, while two others who were unwell were yet to undergo medical tests.

"The girl who escaped had been staying at the home for the last three years". She also told us many girls were taken away in cars at night. They would leave at 4 pm and return in the morning.

It introduced the death penalty this year for those raping girls under 12.

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.

The SP Deoria was directed by the UP police headquarters in Lucknow to take stern action against the culprits. Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar said on Monday that action will be taken against people involved in the incident. With the number of homeless people in India constantly rising, shelter homes were meant to be a safe place, especially for children.

Apparently much to the discomfiture of the State government, the Public Relations Department of the Governor's office also ensured that those letters got adequate coverage in media. "We demand a CBI probe into the matter because the UP government is known to be hand in glove with criminals and their investigation can not be trusted".

"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 said.

Mr. Kumar, who was maintaining a silence despite the Opposition demand, recommended a CBI probe on July 26.

The Samajwadi Party leader alleged that the present government not serious about the issues of women.

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