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HindustanTimes Tue,30 Sep 2014

Bal Niketan inmate relives sexual abuse ordeal in court

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  chandigarh , July 15, 2014
First Published: 13:21 IST(15/7/2014) | Last Updated: 13:25 IST(15/7/2014)

Recounting her tale of horror in a local court, a female inmate of Bal Niketan, a home for abandoned and deprived children in Sector 15, alleged its dismissed supervisor, Manish Arora, had been molesting her for the past two years by "hugging" and touching her "inappropriately.
Arora, 50, a father of two girls, who was arrested by the police on April 23 following a complaint filed against him by the victim, is currently facing charges of sexually exploiting minor girls staying in the orphanage.

Determined to see her tormentor punished, the girl, a class 10 school student, not only identified the suspect but also narrated her tale of woes before the additional district & sessions judge presiding over a special court for crime against women, Anshu Shukla, on Monday.

The girl, who told the court she was an orphan, said when Arora had lifted her shirt, she decided enough was enough and vowed to put an end to her ordeal. She said she then spoke to her maternal aunt, who is her guardian, who encouraged her to file a complaint about the harassment. She called up the child helpline on April 2 and the police eventually registered a criminal case against Arora under sections 354 & 354A of the IPC and section 12 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.

The girl is not the only victim — seven other Bal Niketan inmates have accused Arora of molesting them. On Monday the court recorded statements of two victims before adjourning hearing in the case to July 18.

COMMITTEE HAD INDICTED ARORA

After the complaint made to the child helpline, the UT social welfare department set up a fourmember committee to inquire into the complaint. The panel later filed a report stating Arora had sexually molested seven girls aged between 8 and18 years for several months. Two of the attendants at Bal Niketan, Manjit Kaur and Meena Sharma, were also indicted for not reporting the incident.


 

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