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Bhopal hostel rape: 2 more girls file case against director

Press Trust of India  |  Bhopal 

Two more deaf and mute tribal girls have filed a complaint against a city director, who is currently under arrest in a case, for molesting them last year, police said today.

Ashwini Sharma, director of a for deaf and mute persons in Awadhpuri area here, was arrested on Wednesday based on the complaint by an inmate who alleged that the accused had raped her repeatedly during her stay at the over the past three years.

She had filed a complaint on Wednesday after which Sharma was arrested under sections 376 (rape), 354 (outraging modesty), 344 (wrongful confinement) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and relevant sections of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

Sharma was produced in court today and was remanded in police custody for two days.

Two more girls filed a fresh case against the accused at the station in district yesterday, police said.

today said two Dhar-based sisters lodged a complaint that Sharma had molested them. The case was then transferred to the station, he added.

Bhadoria said the incident happened when the sisters stayed at Sharma's house-cum-hostel last year while they were pursuing a course at Bhopal's Industrial Training Institute.

He added that since one of the complainants was a minor, when Sharma allegedly molested her in in 2017, provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act were also invoked against the accused.

The Police today formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the case while the announced that a monthly inspection would be carried out at women's hostels in the state.

General of Police (Bhopal) told that the SIT would comprise Rahul Lodha, of Police, City South, along with Additional SPs and Dinesh Kaushal, of Police (CSP) Virendra Mishra and Awadhpuri ML Bhati.

Prasad said preliminary investigations had revealed that Sharma was a "lone wolf" in the case, adding that he had "personally inspected the hostel".

Meanwhile, issued directions to his officials to take steps to ensure that such incidents did not occur again.

"I have held a meeting with officials and directed them to conduct monthly inspections of such (state) aided and unaided facilities where girls are residing," he told reporters at his residence in this morning.

"The inspection will be carried out by the of police in each district on a monthly basis," he said.

Calling such incidents painful, Chouhan said similar rules would also be framed for private hostels.

Senior today shot off a letter to Chouhan seeking a probe into the incident by the

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 21:05 IST