Deoria: Twenty-four girls were rescued from a shelter home here and three people were arrested after allegation of sexual exploitation of the inmates came to light, police said on Monday.
Eighteen inmates of the shelter were still missing, they said.
"Twenty-four girls were rescued yesterday from the shelter home at station road in the name of Ma Vindhyawasini Mahila Prakishan Evam Samaj Sewa Sansthan, which has 42 inmates. Eighteen inmates are still missing. We have sealed it," Superintendent of Police Rohan P. Kanay said.
The matter comes 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. When asked for her comments on the issue, UP Women and Child Development Minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi said, "The recognition of the NGO was revoked one year back and funds were stopped.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 the 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.
"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 girl alleged.
The SP Deoria said the young girl told the police that around 4pm every day some people came and took away some girls along with the manager with them.
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, who operated the shelter home, and its superintendent Kanchanlata were arrested, they said.
However Girija Tripathi, however, told reporters that the charges were baseless and payment of last three years was pending, so she was running the shelter home. PTI