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Odisha shelter home sealed over sexual abuse allegations

Press Trust of India  |  Dhenkanal/Bhubaneswar 

An NGO-run shelter home was Sunday sealed in Odisha's district in the wake of allegations of sexual abuse by its minor inmates, an said.

The action came two days after (DCPO) and members of (CWC) raided the shelter home, acting on which stated that girls were being abused at the facility.

"The private home, which has been operating illegally at Beltikiri area, was shut down by the police in presence of Sadar Tehsildar U K Mohapatra and the DCPO," the district said.

Subdivisional Police said the owner of the home, Simanchal Nayak, and have been detained.

The girls at the home had alleged that they were harassed sexually, physically and mentally by Nayak over the past two years.

Nayak has, however, denied the allegations and said they had done so as he had tried to enforce discipline at the shelter home.

Women and (WCD) Prafulla Samal on Saturday described the centre "unregistered and illegal", ordering its immediate closure.

Asserting that strict action would be taken against the offenders, she said district collectors across the state have been asked to shut down all 22 branches of the shelter home, operated by NGO Good

The inmates of the Dhenkanal shelter home - 47 girls and 34 boys - have been shifted to another childcare institution, Mohaptra said.

Meanwhile, a fact-finding team of the state BJP, led by its women's wing Prabhati Parida, visited Beltikiri Sunday to assess the situation.

The team interacted with the locals to find out the modus operandi of the shelter home, sources in the party said.

Hitting out at the state government, Parida alleged that the administration, local had "knowledge about the illegal home".

Earlier this year, the central government directed all states to inspect shelter homes in the aftermath of two alleged sexual abuse cases in and

As many as 539 childcare institutions were shut down by the in different parts of the country for various irregularities.

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First Published: Sun, December 02 2018. 16:35 IST