At least 24 girls were rescued from a shelter home and its managers arrested on Sunday in Uttar Pradesh’s Deoria, police said, days after the report of alleged sexual exploitation of minors at a similar institution in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur.
Deoria’s superintendent of police Rohan P Kanay said the institution’s director Girija Tripathi and her husband were arrested after its license was revoked following an inspection by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The action was taken after a girl escaped from the shelter home and informed the police that all the inmates there were being treated like servants.
“When the order to close this institution was made, our people went there and the organisation’s director misbehaved with our team. Today, after a girl escaped from there, we got to know the reality of that place,” Kanay said.
“There have been many big disclosures during the investigation. Twenty-four children have been rescued safely so far,” he added.
A probe is underway and more details are awaited.
More than 30 girls were allegedly raped and tortured at the shelter home in Muzaffarpur and several employees were arrested last month in connection with the case.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar is under an attack by the opposition, who have demanded the guilty be brought to book and accused the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government of pursuing anti-women policies.