Inmates of a privately run residential facility for differently-abled children accused its founder of sexually abusing two girls and three boys. The incident comes just months after the Muzzafarpur shelter home rapes which came to the fore following a social audit report.
According to a Times of India report, the deaf-mute inmates alleged that the shelter home owner had been raping and sodomising them since years.
Three have been arrested including the founder identified as Mahesh Awasthy. What makes this one even more horrifying is that Awasthi was accused of the same crimes by some minors of a Hoshangabad shelter last year, but was allowed to run his home in Bhopal, where he allegedly continued to prey on children as young as 10. The kids suffered for years until they read news reports of the arrest of Bhopal hosteldirector Ashwini Sharma, and mustered courage to complain.
The alleged victims and other inmates of the shelter home, which is located in the Bairagarh area of Bhopal and had a branch in Hoshangabad district until last year, submitted a complaint to police Friday evening. An FIR had also been filed in the matter.
Deaf-Mute Minor Rape Victims Tell Horror Stories
The inmates had alleged that one boy bled himself to death after he was sexually assaulted, another one died after his head was banged too hard on the wall and another one died of cold after he was forced to spend his night outside, according to an NDTV report.
Opposition lashed out at the government!
Opposition Congress in Madhya Pradesh latched onto the issue, alleging that government authorities had ignored a complaint filed in the past against the shelter home’s founder who is also its director.
Earlier on Friday, nearly 40 inmates of the shelter home visited the Congress office in Bhopal, where the party’s state media cell chief Shobha Oza held a press conference.
“A girl had complained about sexual harassment by the director to the Hoshangabad collector in February 2017. The complaint was found to be correct but no FIR was registered,” Oza alleged according to news agency PTI report.
Sources said police were looking for a sign language expert because they did not want to go by the one roped in by Congress.
About the shelter home!
The shelter home is registered with the department since 1995 and has been getting funds. The inmates — 42 boys and 58 girls — have been living at the home since 2003. For the last 10 years, four teachers have been looking after the shelter home in the absence of a full-time warden.
People with direct knowledge of the matter said the Bhopal shelter home warden was removed a long time ago after his educational qualification failed to meet the cut.
“Some students with special needs (hearing and speech) came to our office with their interpreter. They have given us a letter about alleged sexual and physical assault by the owner of the hostel. We will write to the collector and senior police officers for further investigation,” said Krishna Mohan Tiwari, director, Social Justice Department. (NDTV).
The chief minister last month ordered monthly inspection of every shelter home and orphanage in the state, and instructed officials to make guidelines for private girls’ hostels.
Same incident like Bihar Muzaffarpur
The latest revelations come close on the heels of similar horrific incident emerging from Bihar Muzaffarpur, where dozens of girls had complained of being raped, tortured and even allegedly murdered by the owner, Brajesh Thakur. Thakur, who was very close to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, was later arrested.
We at Awaaz Nation condemn such acts and demand strict action against accused!
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Source-NDTV, Deccan Chronicle, Indian Express, Indiatimes.com