A day after arrest of caretaker of a government-recognised shelter home for burning the private parts of three girl to stop bed-wetting, collector Nishant Warwade has ordered closure of the shelter home and shifting of its 20-odd inmates to another home in Bhopal.
Women and child development minister Maya Singh also ordered a high-level inquiry into the matter. Singh said it was a serious matter and government would not allow cruelty against destitute girls.
A three-member committee which raided the home on Tuesday would also give application to Bajariya police to add section 23 of the Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act for ‘exposing’ child to cruelty and causing mental or physical suffering to the FIR.
The police also registered a case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and Section 324 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the IPC.
The caretaker of the home Kalawati has been sent to jail.
Residents of the area, where the shelter home is located, said the home looked like a jail for the girl inmates, as they remained locked inside.
Requesting anonymity, a resident said, “The shelter home remains closed. They never send the girls to school. Everybody look at the shelter home suspiciously. We are happy that collector has ordered closure of the home and has freed the girl from it.”
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