Four persons, including three women, have been arrested for the alleged rape of five mentally challenged girls in an orphanage in Panvel. The abuse was revealed in a report by high court-appointed State Coordination Committee for Child Protection.
The report stated that the girls had “bruises and wounds on their bodies which indicated they were being physically abused”.
The committee had visited Kalyani Mahila and Bal Seva Sanstha at Kalparaj Row House, Sector 7 in Khanda Colony on February 15 and 22.
The Sanstha, a home for mentally challenged orphan girls, houses 19 such girls in the age group 12 to 22 years.
The Divisional Child Welfare Committee (CWC) of the state government took up the matter and ordered a medical examination at the Panvel rural hospital. Dr Swati Naik who examined the girls is said to have confirmed sexual abuse. Those arrested are Kalyani Karanjulekar, 25, president of the sanstha, Ramchandra Karanjulekar, director of the sanstha, his wife Surekha and Sonali Bharde, the caretaker.