Af­ter abuse, res­cued girls kept at boys’ home: Re­port

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Moushumi Das Gupta

HARDLY ANY MEA­SURES WERE TAKEN TO AD­DRESS THE SE­VERE TRAUMA SUF­FERED BY THE GIRLS FOL­LOW­ING RE­PEATED ABUSE, THE NCPCR TEAM FOUND

NEWDELHI:THE Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Pro­tec­tion of Child Rights (NCPCR), which sent a fourmem­ber team to Ut­tar Pradesh’s Deoria in Au­gust af­ter 26 girls were res­cued from an il­le­gally run shel­ter home where they were al­legedly sub­jected to phys­i­cal and sex­ual abuse, has found glar­ing in­ad­e­qua­cies and in­sen­si­tiv­ity in the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the trau­ma­tised vic­tims.

For one thing, de­spite their dis­tressed men­tal state, the in­mates weren’t even pro­vided a “gen­der­ap­pro­pri­ate” and “se­cure” fa­cil­ity to move to, the coun­try’s apex child rights body said in its re­port, which was sub­mit­ted to the Union min­istry of women and child de­vel­op­ment last week. The NCPCR sent the fourmem­ber team on Au­gust 9, three days af­ter the res­cue. The in­mates of Maa Vind­hyavasini Mahila and Ba­lika San­rak­shan Grih in Deoria, be­ing run il­le­gally by a cou­ple, were res­cued af­ter a 10-year-old girl es­caped from the shel­ter and com­plained to the po­lice.the girls com­plained of hav­ing been sub­jected to phys­i­cal and sex­ual abuse.

Im­me­di­ately af­ter the res­cue, the vic­tims were housed in a chil­dren’s home for boys, called Ra­jkiya Bal Grih, in Deoria, and were forced to share the fa­cil­ity for a week, ac­cord­ing to the re­port. They were later shifted to sep­a­rate gov­ern­ment-run homes in Varanasi, Bal­lia and Al­la­habad.

“Against the grav­ity of the grue­some in­ci­dent, the sex­u­ally abused girls were re­stored to a chil­dren home for boys. Thus fail­ing to pro­vide a se­cure, safe and com­fort­able space for (the) girls to re­cover from the trauma,” said the re­port, a copy of which has been seen by HT.

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