Deoria Shelter Home Running Without License For One Year; CM Hands Over Case To CBI

Deoria Shelter Home Running Without License For One Year; CM Hands Over Case To CBI

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath handed over the investigation of the Deoria shelter home sex racket to the Central Bureau of Investigation. The CBI will now try to seek answers to questions like how the home could still be functional despite its license being cancelled? Last year, the license of this home– Ma Vindhyavasini Mahila evam Balika Sanrakshan Grah (Women and Girls Shelter Home) – was cancelled following the findings of the Central Bureau of Investigation. The CBI investigation was looking into allegations of large-scale funding irregularities in several homes run by NGOs in the state. This home was also found guilty of financial irregularities. The license was cancelled and its government funding was also stopped. In this connection, more than 15 letters were issued by the Department of Women and Child Welfare. These letters direct the district administration to shift the inmates of this home to Gorakhpur immediately. However, despite repeated directions, the district administration failed to act. On 30 July 2018, the then DM Sujit Kumar informed his seniors in Lucknow that his personnel were not being allowed into the home and expressed his inability to transfer the girls. An FIR was then lodged against the management of the home. As it turns out now, not only was the administration unable to move the girls living in the home, it also did not stop sending more girls there. It is a blot on the functioning of the local police that despite their visiting the home routinely, they were unable to get a whiff of the sex racket that was going on literally under their nose. The shelter home has now been sealed.

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