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No trace of 20-year-old shelter home inmate

chandigarh Updated: Nov 06, 2012 19:55 IST
Vishal Joshi
Vishal Joshi
Hindustan Times
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Even as the Panipat police have failed to trace the 20-year-old mentally challenged woman who went missing under mysterious circumstances on Monday, the police have refused to fix the responsibility on the local charitable shelter home where she was staying.

The woman, who was allegedly abused sexually and physically at the Rohtak-based Apna Ghar, was shifted by the state government to the Mother Teresa Mandbudhi Ashram in Sector 12 here in May this year.

Though the police claim to have stepped up efforts to locate the woman, the local authorities have no clue about her parents.

Chandi Bagh police station SHO Ram Kumar told Hindustan Times on Tuesday that the shelter home had failed to provide any details of the inmate's original home.

"We have checked records available with the shelter home but the records contain her name only and there is no mention of her original residential address," he said.

Interestingly, there is no eyewitness to the incident but the police think the woman had "ran away on her own will".

The SHO said that after learning that she was one of the victims of Apna Ghar exploitation case, the district police had written to the administration to direct the management of the shelter home to step up security but no action was taken.

"In September she had run away but was traced soon from the town. She is a major and probably, this time too, she had escaped from the local shelter home for reasons not known," he said.

Meanwhile, the SHO said that all district police chiefs of Haryana and adjoining states have been alerted.