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Caretaker lured minors from construction sites

india Updated: May 08, 2012 01:32 IST
Leena Dhankar
Leena Dhankar
Hindustan Times
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They came to the shelter to leave the slums behind and get education, but the little children had to pay a big price for it. The caretaker at Suparna Ka Aangan, who has been charged with abusing minors, would bring minor girls from construction sites on the pretext of access to a school.

Rachit alias Raju would also tell parents that the kids would get free treatment for all health problems. In another shocking revelation, it turns out that none among the 50 children at the shelter was an orphan. Most of them come from the Laal Kuan area of Delhi where their parents live in slums and raise more than 4 children.

The NGO would show the kids as orphans to ensure a steady flow of funds from individuals and corporates.

The girls' wing at the NGO had computer where the accused allegedly stored objectionable videos and pictures of the girls. The children also said that Raju would take them to the terrace where there were two store rooms and a toilet. Moreover, the girls have said that he would even molest girls in the wing openly. When they complained to the shelter owner, Suparna Sethi, she didn't take any action.

Meanwhile, the court on Monday rejected Sethi's bail plea. She is currently lodged at Bhondsi Jail in Gurgaon along with Raju. The government school teacher who acted as the whistleblower in this case has hired a lawyer to counter bail petitions by the accused.

On Friday, Nisha Yadav approached the city police with the horror tales of minor girls who were being sexually assaulted by the 18-year-old caretaker.

Tejeswar Parida, president, Youth Forum on Public Policy (YFPP), told HT, "Suparna didn't take action against Raju even after repeated complaints from the inmates. The caretaker was a monster who used to bite the children and threatened them against any complaints. He had Suparna's confidence too. He had been raised by her since he was a kid and she treated him like her son. This may be a reason why she did not register any complaints."

However, children at the shelter are happy to know the accused are behind bars and they will soon get a new home. According to the inmates, the shelter was filthy and poorly-managed. No register was maintained and most of the documentation was fake and used for luring sponsors.