One of 14 girls rescued from Bihar's Muzaffarpur shelter home goes missing

Indian police rescue 24 girls after they say they were forced into the sex trade

Indian police rescue 24 girls after they say they were forced into the sex trade

"There was a complaint about this shelter home for women for a long time".

The matter came to light when a 10-year-old girl escaped from the shelter and told the cops that "red, white, black cars picked girls at night and dropped them in the morning". "We were beaten up by different men for not following their diktats", she said.

The girl suggested that other dubious activities were taking place in the shelter home.

"The girl who escaped had been staying at the home for the last three years". She said action would be taken after the panel submits its report.

"When they returned the next morning, they would not tell us anything but only sobbed", the girl said. Investigations are underway, he added.

Police searched the building and found that 18 of the 42 girls registered as staying at the shelter were missing, subsequently arresting the family running it.

As per records of the Muzaffarpur shelter home, she was among the four who had managed to flee while another three inmates had died.

He added: 'During the raid, 18 of the total 42 enrolled were found missing. The Women and Child Development Department is also coordinating. "The inquiry will be done under proper legal procedure", he said.

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Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Women and Child Welfare Minister of Uttar Pradesh, clarified that the shelter was completely illegal. But this order was not followed.

The SP Deoria was directed by the UP police headquarters in Lucknow to take stern action against the culprits.

Superintendent of Police Rohan P Kanay said, "When the order to close this institution was made, our people went there and the organisation's director misbehaved with our team".

For those unversed, on July 24, 11 employees of the shelter home in Muzaffarpur were arrested for allegedly sexually harassing the girls.

The privately run shelter in Deoria, about 300 km from Lucknow, earlier received funds from the government, but its affiliation was cancelled in 2017 following a nationwide enquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which found irregularities in its functioning. However, the couple continued to run the home even after their license was cancelled.

The SP said the young girl told the police that around 4 pm every day some people came and took away some girls along with the manager with them. A First Information Report or an FIR was filed against them.

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. The chief minister blamed "system flaws" for the incident and refused to yield to opposition's demands of sacking social welfare minister Manju Verma, whose husband's name had come up in connection with the Muzaffarpur case.

The CBI, however, stated that it has not carried out any investigation into cases of sexual assault.

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