UP’s Deoria Shelter Home License Cancelled, 24 girls rescued

Deoria, Aug 6 :After the Muzaffarpur shelter home scandal, another case of flesh trade of girls in a shelter home has been brought to light in the Deoria district of Uttar Pradesh, when a victim managed to escape from the house of horrors.

Police rescued around 24 minor girls from a shelter home in Uttar Pradesh’s Deoria city and massive hunt is on to search others 15 girls who are missing.

Police arrested a couple, who were managers of the shelter home, after the home’s licence was revoked following an inspection by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

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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of police Rohan P Kanay said the institution’s director Girija Tripathi and her husband were arrested after its license was revoked following an inspection by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).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.

 

Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Women & Child Welfare Minister said, “After CBI inspection last year, it was established that Deoria shelter home centre was running illegally. A direction was issued to shift the inmates and shut it. But this order was not followed.”

“On 01 Aug, FIR was lodged to shut it immediately as illegal acts were being carried on. No. of children enrolled at centre as per records are not present. 1 child was rescued y’day who has filed a complaint. Investigation is underway, ” she said.

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