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Raped disabled girl may be pregnant

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Jaipur, May 18, 2013
First Published: 18:31 IST(18/5/2013) | Last Updated: 19:54 IST(18/5/2013)

One of the five disabled girls, who were allegedly sexually exploited and mistreated at a residential school run by an NGO, may have become pregnant.

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According to preliminary medical tests conducted on the girls, one of them is suspected to be pregnant. However, doctors are awaiting the medical report before concluding anything, said sources.

The city police on Friday arrested five employees of the NGO Awaaz Foundation, including the administrator of its residential school at Kanota on Agra Road on the city's outskirts. Police were acting on a complaint by Ram Prakash Bairwa, chairman of Children Welfare Committee in Jaipur.

Police said the five speech and hearing challenged girls had complained to the committee members through sign language during counselling that they had been sexually exploited, beaten and misbehaved with by people at the school.

The girls are orphans aged between 12 and 17. The Government Girls' Home at Gandhi Nagar sends speech and hearing challenged girls to Awaaz Foundation for residential and educational purposes.

An inquiry by the committee has found that two girls were raped and beaten while the others were beaten and mistreated. The girls had approached the school authorities, but no heed was paid to their complaints, said Bairwa.

Jaipur police commissioner Biju George Joseph said after Bairwa's complaint the police filed a case and arrested school administrator Alpana Daswani, assistant Geeta Vaibhav, warden Ashok Prajapat, clerk Suresh Bairwa and security guard Mahesh Mali. Prajapat and Bairwa have been charged with rape while the others are accused of beating the girls and conniving in the rape.

Chairman of National Commission for Women Mamta Sharma said the NGO's licence had been cancelled and the girls kept in a secure environment.

Assistant commissioner of police Priti Kankani said an investigation was on to find if there were any similar incidents earlier. The accused have been booked under relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012, Juvenile Justice Act 2000, the Indian Penal Code with Sections 376 and 376C for rape.

Activists of Peoples' Union for Civil Liberties protested in front of the girls' home at Gandhi Nagar on Saturday.


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