They came, gave sweets, took kids: Children were sent abroad, says inmate rescued from UP shelter home
At least 24 inmates were rescued from a shelter home in UP’s Deoria on Sunday night following a police raid which found 18 others missing.Updated: Aug 07, 2018 11:28 IST
One of the 24 inmates rescued from a shelter home in Uttar Pradesh’s Deoria has claimed that some women and children were sent abroad.
“Four people came and took a 5-year-old boy in December last year and 8-year-old twin sisters in March this year. We were told they are going abroad,” the girl said.
She added the middle aged visitors, two of them women, distributed sweets and food before taking the children. They were told the children were being taken to Spain.
A man, claiming to be the father of one of the inmates, said he was not allowed to meet his daughter. “It seemed they were afraid of the girls spilling the beans,” he said.
Twenty-four inmates were rescued following a police raid which found 18 others missing. The raid came after a 10-year-old girl scaled the walls of the shelter and escaped to narrate the sexual abuse and exploitation to cops.
Girija Tripathi, who ran the home, her husband Mohan Tripathi and their daughter were arrested after the raid.
Though neighbours said they never suspected anything amiss at Maa Vindhyavasini Mahila and Balika Sanrakshan Griha, inmates have revealed horror tales of sexual and physical abuse at the home.
The girl who escaped told police inmates were taken out every night and they used to return in the morning. “Many times white, black and red cars used to come and take away the girls. When they (girls) returned in the morning, they used to cry,” said the 10-year-old girl whose escape from a shelter home in UP’s Deoria led to the uncovering of a sex racket.
The shelter home was functioning illegally for more than a year in connivance with district officials who ignored orders to take action against it, a senior state government official wishing anonymity said.
First Published: Aug 07, 2018 11:26 IST