CBI files cases in Deoria shelter home exploitation case

New Delhi, Aug 30 (IANS) Almost a year after the Uttar Pradesh government recommended a CBI probe into alleged sexual exploitation of minor girls in a shelter home in the state's Deoria, the investigating agency on Friday registered two cases against the home's officials.

The agency registered cases against Maa Vindhyavasini Mahila Evam Balika Sanrakshan Griha's Director Girija Tripathi and Superintendent Kanchan Lata Tripathi on basis of the FIRs registered by the state police for wrongful confinement, trafficking, sexual harassment, sexual assault, assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty under IPC, provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences and Juvenile Justice Act among others, a CBI official said.

In August last year, authorities rescued 24 girls from the shelter home, which has 42 inmates. A medical examination confirmed the sexual abuse of 34 inmates out of 42.

The matter came to light against the backdrop of the alleged sexual abuse of young girls at a state-funded shelter home in Bihar's Muzaffarpur which led to massive public outcry.

--IANS

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