What is to be done? Girls and women are getting raped left, right and centre. As per the NCRB (National Crime Records Bureau) data, 38,947 cases of rape were reported in 2016 which means four women are raped every day,”
Shelter homes over the last few months have become synonymous with scandals of unimaginable proportions. With the number of homeless people in India constantly rising, shelter homes were meant to be a safe place, especially for children. However, the reality is something entirely different.
Shelter homes are horror houses for women.From Rohtak’s Apna ghar in HR to Bihar’s #Muzaffarpur to UP’s #Deoria to MP’s #Bhopal
All speak volumes of heinous acts! Women being raped, forced into sex trade, all kinda child atrocities! Is it so difficult for our govt to keep a check on them? Shame!
PATNA: A Bihar shelter home has turned into a house of horror as the survivors give testimonies of being drugged, starved and raped night after night. Girls between the ages of 7-18, many suffering from speech-impairment, have alleged that they were fed food mixed with sedatives, made to sleep naked and beaten mercilessly at the slightest sign of protest. The number of girls who have been raped went up to 34 on Saturday, according to recent medical reports.
“Sedatives were mixed in my food due to which I used to feel dizzy. I was asked by the aunties to sleep in Brajesh sir’s room and they used to talk about some visitor coming there. I used to find my pant thrown on the floor when I got up in the morning.”
Other girls also testified to the beatings. One girl who worked as a domestic help said that a man with a big potbelly would hit her if she refused to take the ‘medicine’ while another said that the accused Brajesh used to take her to the office and scratch her private parts. “He used to scratch so badly that it used to lead to cut marks,” she told the court.
The survivors also related incidents where boiling water and oil had been thrown on them. In desperation, a survivor spoke about how she and other girls would cut themselves with shards of broken glass on their hands and legs to prevent being forced into “gaanda kaam”(sexual abuse).
The police estimate that 470 girls have been brought to the shelter in the last five years.
Neighbours heard the “deafening” screams of the girls but no one appears to have complained or raised an alarm. Naseema Rashid (name changed), a resident, said the girls were never seen moving around the campus of the shelter home or its rooftop. She added that the girls’ quarters had no windows, just ventilators. “Sounds of screaming and yelling were heard frequently from the home. However, I never got the courage to intervene as Brajesh Thakur was a dabbang person (muscleman),” she said.
Another neighbour, Sulekha (name changed) also admitted that she used to hear the girls’ screams. “They were scary,” she told the police.
Amidst all the news that has been coming in from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh about shelter homes being shut down because of the nefarious activities, there is one story of a brave 10-year-old who saved not just herself but 24 other girls from Ma Vindhyawasini Mahila Prakishan Evam Samaj Sewa Sansthan, a women’s shelter home in Deoria, east Uttar Pradesh.
The young girl reached the police station by herself and said that girls from the shelter home used to be taken away in “white, black and red” cars at night and brought back early the next day.
Recounting the manner in which she escaped, the girl told the publication that she found an opportune moment and fled from the home without turning to look back. What is important to mention here is the swift action taken by the police as well.
The young girl is said to have reached the police station at around 10.30 p.m., and by 11 p.m., the police had reached the said shelter home to ascertain what was happening. The manager of the property, Girija Tripathi, along with her husband, Mohan Tripathi, were arrested immediately.
BHOPAL/INDORE: With the country reeling from rapes at shelter homes in Bihar and UP, Bhopal has added to the horror. The director of a government-run hostel for the disabled was arrested on Thursday for allegedly raping a deaf-mute inmate and molesting several others.
The survivor, a 19-year-old tribal girl, was suffering in silence until another inmate — who the accused had allegedly molested — ran away and told her parents that teen needed to be rescued. Alarmed, the teenager’s brother rushed to Bhopal and took her out of the hostel. Unsure of what to do next, they approached the deaf-mute help desk at Tukoganj in Indore, where she narrated her ordeal in sign language.
Bhopal: A preliminary investigation into the alleged rape of a speech and hearing impaired girl in a shelter home here by its director has led to disclosure that the “sexual predator” had outraged modesty of total four inmates of the women hostel.
“The fourth victim of shelter home’s director Ashwin Sharma has surfaced and she has been identified. We have talked to her parents. She is going to file a FIR in connection with the incident in a day or two,” counsellor of the deaf and mute help desk, the one of its kind opened by the Madhya Pradesh police at Tukoganj in district headquarters town of Indore said on Friday.
The 19-year-old speech and hearing impaired girl, who filed an FIR with the police in Dhar, Madhya Pradesh, on Thursday. The victim alleged that the director raped her during her stay at the Bhopal shelter home to complete her course in local industrial training institute (ITI). She also told the police that another inmate of the hostel had also fallen victim to the sexual predator.
In a shocker from Bhopal, a 4th hostel survivor has revealed that the director of the establishment had forced the girl to watch porn & had raped her for 6 months daily. The girl told Indore police that the accused even brutally tormented her to give in to his demands & threatened her to remain mum. The horrifying truth was exposed when a 20-yr old deaf and dumb girl complained to the police.
Earlier, two sisters, both deaf and mute, fled the shelter home in the first week of this month following alleged sexual harassment by the accused.