Close on the heels of the case of sexual abuse of inmates at a shelter home in Rohtak, three women inmates of the Nari Niketan in Karnal have gone missing under suspicious circumstances in the past 48 hours.
Embarrassed with the development, deputy commissioner Renu S Phulia on Tuesday ordered a magisterial inquiry by HUDA estate officer Subhita Dhaka. The inquiry would be submitted in a month's period, the DC said.
Nari Niketan is managed by the department of women and child welfare department and is now protected by policemen posted near the only entrance of the home.
Homeless women and minor girls found are sent to the shelter home by the district and judicial authorities. The 12-foot high boundary wall is covered by barbed wire and broken glass pieces.
The DC refused to confirm the prima facie reason behind the incident. The identities of the missing women -aged between 18 and 21 years- have not been revealed by the administration.
The DC confirmed that while an inmate was reported missing on the night of July 22, two more were found absent Tuesday morning at the time of the daily attendance by the home superintendent.
Following orders of the authorities of Dadri in Bhiwani, Jhajjar and Assandh, Karnal, the missing women were sent to the Nari Niketan. Some of the victims of the alleged sexual assaults at Apna Ghar were recently shifted here, the DC, however, said these women did not go missing.
After inspecting the home along with the superintendent of police Shashank Anand, the DC said that the backyard of the shelter home had been cleared of all unwanted things. The SP said that one of the women belonged to Allahabad but her whereabouts were yet to be confirmed. "We will soon send a team to Allahabad to confirm if she had reached home. We will bring her back here after she is located," said the SP.
Anand claimed that a written complaint was received by the police and appropriate action would be taken in the cases. He said that CCTV cameras would be installed and more police force would be beefed up at the place.