21 girls and three boys were recovered from this shelter home in a police raid on Sunday night and have alleged sexual and physical abuse at the shelter.
Officers, in eastern Uttar Pradesh’s Deoria district, not showed any interest towards the shelter home in the Deoria town, despite clear instructions from the government that as early as June last year and a criminal case filed just 10 days ago against the woman who ran the shelter home, the Yogi Adityanath-led government has agreed. The list of 42 girls was last updated on July 31 and the police are looking to account for each of the 18 girls – some of them could have simply gone home.
Late night press conference in Lucknow on Tuesday, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath admitted that the district administration in Deoria had to answer many questions. The UP government has also decided to recommend a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation or CBI. “Our inquiry has found that the shelter home was running in its current form since 2009. In June 2017, our government had ordered that the home be closed and the girls are sent to other homes, but this was not done despite repeated letters from our side. The District Magistrate was transferred yesterday and we are issuing him a charge sheet. An FIR was filed against the shelter homeowners on July 30. Still, no action was taken. A senior police officer will inquire into the role of the police”, the chief minister said.
18 girls are still reported missing from the shelter home – one of them, 21, was recovered from an old age home in the Gorakhpur city on Tuesday evening – five people have been arrested from Gorakhpur.”I finally managed to meet her in court. In a village 30 km from Deoria town, a couple whose 15-year-old daughter was recovered from the shelter home on Sunday night, says it has been a desperate wait to have her back for about 20 days now. She told me she and the other girls were only given food once in two days and the food was not even fit for animals. She also told me they were made to work very hard and sweep the floor. I don’t believe the gift anymore. She must have had a lot of clouts. If not then how come her license was on hold and yet girls were going there?” says the father, in tears.
The Police sources say they are trying to trace the other missing girls. The list of 42 girls was a floating list and that girls come and leave from shelter homes like these.