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In a horrific incident, a 24-year-old visually and speech-impaired inmate of a shelter home in Gwalior was allegedly raped by its watchman and she was also forced to undergo abortion and the foetus was burned, following which nine people, including four doctors, were charged, police said Friday.
It has not been long since the case of Muzaffarpur shelter home rapes surfaced and shook the entire nation. Recently, Bihar government came under the fire of the Supreme Court and probes are undergoing into the matter. However, this heart-wrenching trauma has again put nation in shame!
The Bilaua Police has charged a filesheet against the nine people who were involved in the matter. Four of the nine accused are doctors, police said. The police also confirmed that six of the accused have been arrested so far and three of them are doctors. Reports said that the matter came to light when the district office of the state Women and Child Department received a complaint.
Town inspector Billaua, Amit Bhadoriya, said the incident took place at Snehalay House, a hostel run for differently-abled persons on Jhansi Road. The deaf and mute woman was raped by the hostel guard some three months back. After the hostel director Dr B K Sharma came to know about the incident, he had the woman abort the foetus and then burnt it in the backyard of the hostel, to destroy evidence.
He said Sharma, his wife Dr Bhavna, shelter home manager Jaiprakash Sharma, Dr Vivek Sahu, hostel supervisor Ravi Valmiki and warden Girraj Baghel have been arrested.
He said that efforts were on to nab the other accused who he identified as Dr Pushpa Mishra, shelter home warden Prabha Yadav and the main accused, Gurjar.
Valmiki confirmed the incident to police and also told them that Dr Sharma and his wife, Bhavna, knew about it, police sources said.
They added that Valmiki told them that victim’s pregnancy was aborted and the foetus was burnt in the backside of the shelter home premises.
The accused have been charged under the relevant sections on Thursday, the police officer said.
Child protection officer Sandeep Jayant said that the hostel has not yet registered itself with the department and whenever the department officials have inspected the place, they have met with resistance.
He said that all the inmates of the hostel will be counselled. Gwalior SP Navneet Bhaseen said that they are getting all the inmates medically examined to find out whether there are other victims or not.
Importantly, the concerned shelter home is linked to donors from other nations, including England, US and Australia. Volunteers from these nations also visit the home and work there at regular intervals.
We at Awaaz Nation condemn such acts and demand strict action against accused!
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Source- NewsX, The Deccan Chronicle, New Indian Express