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Opposition BJP, Congress demand probe into shelter home case

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

With the arrest of three persons of an NGO for the alleged sexual exploitation of minor girls, the opposition and the BJP Monday demanded a high level inquiry into matter.

The police had Sunday sealed the illegal shelter home, run illegally by the NGO in Odisha's district, and arrested its

Following a visit to Dhenkanal, the (BJP) on Monday alleged that the shelter home was being used as a centre for religious conversions.

alleged that the USA based NGO was using its shelter home to convert the inmates, especially boys and girls from the tribal community.

"The head office of the NGO is in the USA and all the governing members of the board are foreigners," Parida claimed questioning the for allegedly allowing the NGO to re-open the shelter home in 2017, after it was shut down in 2015.

"The should immediately resign on moral grounds owning responsibility," Parida demanded.

Mahila demanded a (CBI) inquiry under supervision of a or into the matter.

Women and Child Development Prafulla Samal, meanwhile, refused to resign and said that the was taking stringent action against the people involved in the incident.

The ruling in a press release accused the BJP of doing cheap politics over a sensitive issue like alleged sexual abuse.

"The BJP is shouting only to gain cheap political publicity. They should desist from indulging in politicisation of a sensitive matter like this especially when it involves children and their well-being," said and

Meanwhile, of Police (DGP) R P Shara has asked the Superintendents of Police (SPs) of all the districts to provide details about the number of shelter homes operating in their respective districts.

He has also asked them to verify whether the shelter homes were registered and details about their modus operandi.

The officials of women and child development department on Monday conducted simultaneous raids at Nandapur in Tihidi block in district, Baliguda in district, Chuliaposi in Udala block and Rairangpur block in district.

On the other hand, the inmates of the shelter home - 47 girls and 34 boys aged between 5 and 16 years - were shifted to another childcare institution.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 23:00 IST
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