An inquiry has been ordered into the alleged sexual harassment and harassment of minor girls at a state-registered NGO while 40 minor children are being shifted from home to another home, a top official said on Thursday.
The probe comes in the wake of a first information report filed on complaints from two minor tribal girls of the shelter home, alleging that they were being sexually harassed and tortured for nearly four years.
The house was run by a Mother Teresa Welfare Trust, which has nothing to do with the Sisters of Charity founded by St. Teresa, known as Mother Teresa before her canonization.
“We have ordered a high-level inquiry into the incident. The 11-member probe team includes officials from police, administration, doctors and others. The committee has been asked to submit its report at the earliest,” the senior police officer said. East Singhbhum, Suraj Kumar told PTI.
Mr. Kumar said that the Director, National Employment Program (NEP) is heading the investigation team.
“We have also asked the District Social Welfare Officer (DSWO) to shift the children from the center to another shelter home,” he said.
Senior police officer, East Singhbhum, Dr M Tamil Vanan said that an FIR has been registered against MTWT Director Harpal Singh Thapar, his wife Pushpa Rani Tirkey under POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses) Act and sections of the Indian Penal Code. is. , Warden Geeta Singh, his son Aditya Singh and another person said on June 6 on the complaint of two minors that they were being sexually abused and mentally tortured for a long time. Tirkey, wife of MTWT director, is also the chairperson of East Singhbhum District Child Welfare Committee (CWC).
No arrests have been made in the case so far, Mr Vanan said.
Vanan said the two minor girls, aged around 17, have leveled serious allegations of abuse and investigations are on to see how many children were abused, Mr. Vanan said, adding that the incident came to light after the Shelter Home in-charge lodged a missing person Was done An FIR has been registered in Telco police station regarding both the tribal girls on June 5.
Both girls were traced by women police officers from the telco station, but they were unwilling to return to the shelter home and were concerned with the painful stories of torture and abuse brought to the attention of senior police officers, he said.
The girls, aged 16 and 17, have given video-recorded statements in which they have reiterated all the allegations made in their statements in the Special POCSO Court. The girls said they were physically and mentally harassed at home and sexually assaulted by Thapar, Mr Vanan said.
The CWC chief said the girls said they were in the children’s home for the past four years, but no action was taken despite repeated complaints to Tirkey, the SSP said, adding that the police were also looking into the involvement of some other suspects. .
He said the police were waiting for the medical reports of both the girls.
The shelter home at Shamsher Tower in Kharangjhar had girls in two rooms on the second floor, while the warden lived with her daughter and son in another room on the same floor, while boys who were given shelter in the house lived. ground floor.
Mr Vanan said police were also investigating allegations that Thapar and Tirkey used to transfer government money and private donations to their personal accounts.
Police said the girls had alleged that money and other gifts and donations were taken from them and added that efforts were on to arrest all the accused by conducting raids on the possible hideout.
When contacted, DSWO Satya Thakur told PTI: “Government registered Mother Teresa Welfare Trust has 40 children including 24 girls and 16 boys. All of them are below 18 years, one girl and one boy are 20 years old We will have them shifted to the Patmada shelter home run by BK Bal Kalyan Singh by Friday. The Mother Teresa Welfare Trust was being run for the last 10 years, she said.
A Delhi court had last year convicted 19 people, including prime accused Brajesh Thakur, in connection with the sexual and physical assault of girls at a shelter home in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district.