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UP shelter home case: HM says no culprit will escape action

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

With opposition parties raising serious concern over the alleged sexual exploitation of girls at a children's shelter home in Uttar Pradesh, today termed the incident shameful and declared that no culprit would escape action.

Singh also told the Lok Sabha that two senior officials of the were probing the matter.

Opposition members, including those from the and the RJD, raised the issue and referred to a similar incident at Muzaffarpur in

"No culprit will escape action", Singh said, adding that the has taken quick action in the case. He described such incidents as unfortunate, sad and shameful.

On the action taken, he said the district administrative officer has been suspended and the as well as her husband have been arrested.

Additional Chief Secretary and a Director General level officer are probing the case, Singh said.

The also said that he would ask the ministries concerned to send out advisories to states to ensure that such incidents do not occur in the future.

Soon after the Home Minister's response, members of the SP, RJD, and staged a walk out from the House.

Amid the protests and heated exchanges between the Treasury and the Opposition benches, said everyone is concerned about these incidents which are not good. She urged everyone not to play politics with it.

She suggested that all members should also keep a tab in their constituencies so that such incidents do not happen.

Twenty-four girls were rescued from a shelter home in Deoria in after allegation of sexual exploitation of the inmates came to light a few days ago. As many as 18 inmates are reportedly missing.

Raising serious concerns about the case, member Dharmendra Yadav said strict action should be taken against the culprits. Atrocities have been committed against the girls, Yadav said, adding that he does not want to play politics on the issue.

member also raised the issue.

asked the to set up a to probe the incidents which have happened in and

Noting that it is a "serious issue", he also said the committee should visit all states and try to find out why such things are happening.

member from Kalraj Mishra said the licence of the children's shelter home was cancelled a year ago and then the matter went to court. The process of shifting the girls and the boys had started, he added.

Holding placards, members also walked into the Well seeking to raise issues related to

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 14:10 IST