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Inmates of Bhopal shelter home for disabled children allege sexual abuse

Opposition Congress in Madhya Pradesh latched on to the issue, alleging that government authorities had ignored a complaint filed.

SNS | New Delhi |

In the horrific rerun of the Bihar shelter home rape cases, the inmates of a privately run shelter home for disabled children in Bhopal on Friday came forward and accused its founder of sexually abusing them. According to reports, three children lost their lives due to the severe abuse.

The Madhya Pradesh Police have arrested the 70-year-old owner, an ex-armyman following the complaint against him.

The victims and other inmates of the shelter home, which is located in the Bairagarh area of Bhopal and had a branch in Hoshangabad district until last year, submitted a complaint to the police on Friday.

Opposition Congress in Madhya Pradesh latched on to the issue, alleging that government authorities had ignored a complaint filed in the past against the shelter home’s founder, who is also its director.

Earlier in the day, nearly 40 inmates of the shelter home visited the Congress office in Bhopal, where the party’s state media cell chief Shobha Oza held a press conference.

“A girl had complained about sexual harassment by the director to the Hoshangabad collector in February 2017. The complaint was found to be correct but no FIR was registered,” Oza alleged.

However, the Hoshangabad branch was closed following the complaint, Oza said.

Afterwards, another physically challenged girl and three boys were allegedly sexually abused by the director, the Congress leader claimed.

The victims filed a complaint with the Director of the Social Justice Department of the state government Friday.

Later in the evening, the victims along with Congress leaders reached the TT Nagar Police Station to file a complaint. Deputy Inspector General of Police Dharmendra Choudhary said police have received the complaint, and a probe was being conducted.

(With agency inputs)